The child’s right act which was passed into law in Nigeria since 2004, has been approved for legislative hearing in Kano state after series of advocacy since 2009.
This was disclosed by the chairperson, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and human rights activist, Miss. Huwaila Muhammad Ibrahim.
According to her, the child’s right affects and gives a child some exclusive right in the society.
“The child’s right act a set of laws that adhere the right of a child as a humanbeing and gives the child some rights that are basicallye exclusive was passed into law in Nigeria since 2004” she said.
Miss. Huwaila made it known that the laws are contained in the UN convention and got domesticated in Nigeria, after passing through the legislative process to become legislated before becoming a Federal law, claiming that the Federal legislation will not automatically apply to each state until it has passed through same legislation at State levels before being enforced in the state.
After spate of advocacy visits to the Kano State attorney general Barr. Lawan Musa Abdullahi who later took the bull and presented the child protection bill at the State executive meeting, earned success and got the approval to be passed for legislative hearing as an executive bill .
The child’s right which had been passed into law in Nigeria since 2004 has now been approved for legislative hearing by the Kano State governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. With the name changed to child protection bill in the state.
DPH NEWS learnt that with the support of Rule of law and anti corruption program (RoLAC) the International Federation of Women lawyers (FIDA) kano State branch amidst Children parliament, paid profuse courtesy calls to the state parliamentary and executive councils with a view to fast track the domestication of the child protection bill in the State.
Miss. Ibrahim maintained that it has been approved by the State Executive Council and it has now been passed to the State house of assembly for hearing.
“The child’s right was domesticated in Nigeria in 2004 and we are closely to domesticating it into law in Kano this year. Although there’s abit change, the act will be called Child Protection act and not child’s right act, the approval for legislative hearing by the State executive council was attained last week, as we speak it has been passed to the State house of assembly for their normal process and approval,” she continued.
“The child protection act will go a long way especially towards addressing the rate of child rape and out of school children which is doing more harm in the society particularly in the northern part of Nigeria, the law has addressed squarely, a child has to be educated, although, it’s a law in Kano that basic education is compulsory and this has strengthen the law we have on ground that children should go to school,”
While responding to the question asked about the difference between the child protection bill of Kano state and other states, she said that the first difference is that of Kano is called child’s protection bill, rather than child’s right act that other states call it. She added that it will be called child protection law of Kano State when finally domesticated into law.
“With the support of RoLAC We’ve been lobbying for the domestication of the act for as along as it was passed in Nigeria and became Federal legislation, but to be precise, just after 2009, we’ve been doing active lobbying for five years now, pushing and pushing, and we are very happy that we’ve attained a milestone at executive level, the situation has been changed from status quo to legislative process, so, now, we are looking forward to very smooth sailing passage of the child protection bill and as soon as possible, we will see the light soon in Kano State,” she said.
“I don’t expect the passage of the bill at the legislative level to take long, I expect the bill to pass as soon as the house resumes plenary, I believe it’s going to be one of their priority and since it’s actually going as an executive bill and it has been in the pipeline for eleven years, people that are familiar with the law will also know that this is not supposed to be something that should take time,” she concluded.