Tambuwal signs child protection law in Sokoto
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, on Tuesday signed into law the Sokoto state Child Protection bill earlier passed by state House of Assembly to enhance the conditions of children in the state.
It was gathered that Gov. Tambuwal signed the law at an elaborate ceremony attended by the UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, UNICEF’s Chief Field Officer in Sokoto, Mr Maulid Warfar, Plan International representative, and other dignitaries.
The governor noted that since the enactment of the Child Rights Act 2003 by the Federal Government led by President Olusegun Obasanjo, states were enjoined to domesticate the law which, however, become difficult due cultural and life style differences.
He described the law as among the major landmark achievements of his administration and commended the efforts of the key actors, in ensuring that it suited and conformed with the cultural and religious concerns of the states.
Tambuwal stressed that the state government, under his watch, would continue to live up to the expectations of the people, especially the protection of the lives of growing children and women.
According to him, Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law was also signed by his administration, which also manifested government’s commitments to end all forms of Gender-Based violence (GBV), sexual abuse and related abnormalities in the society.
He stated that based on the efforts and commitments of Sultanate Council, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Suleiman Usman SAN, Commissioner for Women Affairs, and others, the law conformed to the concerns of the people of Sokoto state.
Tambuwal also commended the State legislators for their patience, understanding and foresight on the processes of the law.
He also assured more government interventions, especially on survivors’ shelters and others needs identified in the progress report of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative Project in the state.