By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
The Zamfara Children’s Parliament has appealed to the state government to renovate the Sexual Assault Referral Center (SARC) and Gusau Remand Home to provide conducive environment for development.
The Parliament made the call in Gusau on Thursday at the plenary after receiving the reports of its committees on Child Protection and Child Development.
The reports was a follow up to the committees during their oversight visits to SARC and Gusau Remand Home.
The reports were presented before the chamber of the house by Sa’adatu Muhammad (Majority Leader, representing Bukkuyum 1) and Nasir Haidar ( Deputy Speaker, representing Gusau 1).
The Speaker of the Parliament, Sumayya Aminu-Aliyu said the parliament advocating to the government at all levels to expand the SARC so as to have Children’s friendly room, more toilets, furniture, stationeries and medicals.
The Speaker said the Parliament also recommended government should renovate Gusau remand home, to provide more beds, mattresses, healthy food, stationeries and learning materials.
She commended SCI, State, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Media and other partners for supporting the activities of the Parliament.
The Parliament adjourned to December, while the committee of the parliament would continue to its oversight duties.
In her remark after the event, Save the Children International (SCI), Advocacy Coordinator, Hajiya Fatima Musa, said the NGO have been supporting the Children Parliament activities so as for them to serve as a voices for other children in the state.
Musa said the Children Parliament would bring meaningful development in to the lives of the children in the state.
The Director Legislative Matters, Zamfara State House of Assembly, Alhaji Yusuf Sabo who facilitated the Children plenary commended the efforts of children and called for more support to child development programmes.
Sabo also commended Save the Children and the state government for supporting the Children’s Parliament in the state.
The Children’s Parliament in the state was inaugurated in February this year by Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle.