By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
The Global Affairs Canada (GAC) funded project, Reaching and Empowering Adolescents to make inform Choice for their Health (REACH) has called for speedy passage of child protection bill in Zamfara State.
The REACH project is implemented in Zamfara State through Save the Children International (SCI) an NGO.
The REACH project in collaboration with the Kaura Namoda and Talata Mafara local government councils organised events in the two LGAs to mark the 2021 Children’s Day.
In her remark at Kaura Namoda emirs’ palace, the Advocacy Coordinator in change of the REACH project in the state, Hajia Zainab Usman said the bill if passed in to law and implemented will play a vital role in protecting children from various vices, child labour and other forms of violence against them.
She called on the state house of assembly and the state government to ensure speedy passage and signing the bill in to law considering its impact to the future of the state.
Hajia Zainab also called on the government at all levels to introduce measures to mitigate impact of Covid-19 against children especially on Gender Based Violence (GBV) and education.She called for harmonise children’s development activities and programmes across the 14 LGAs in the state.
“The theme for the 2021 children’s day “Unite to reverse the impact of COVID 19 on Children” is a timely considering the positive impact on Covid-19 pandemic to fiture of children not only in Nigeria but globally,” she noted.
She appealed to government at all levels, parents, guardians and other stakeholders to maximize efforts towards addressing out of school children in the state.
“Children as leaders of tomorrow, all stakeholders must join hand and fight against challenges affecting them in order to have brighter future in the society,” she added.
She commended support and cooperation given to the activities of REACH project by the Kaura Namoda local government area and emirate council.
In his remark, the emir of Kaura Namoda, Alhaji Sanusi Ahmad Muhammad Asha commended SCI, GAC as well as other development partners for their support to promote children’s future in the state.
Asha assured continued support and cooperation from the emirate council to programmes to enhance children’s development and survival.
Meanwhile, in Talata Mafara, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the Project, Mr Chanan Solomon said the SCI organised the event to encourage children to be proud in future.
Solomon said children as leaders of tomorrow must be given adequate care in terms of education, health as well as ensuring protection their rights.
“Marking this day is to recognize you and encourage you to work hard in your school, so that they will be respectful to your parents,” he said.
The Emir of Talata Mafara, Alhaji Bello Muhammad Barmo commended SCI, GAC collaboration with Zamfara government in promoting the future of children in the state.
Barmo noted that the collaboration has contributed in promoting the future of children in the state.
“On behalf of Talata Mafara emirate council, we want assure you our total commitments so that to eliminate child abuse and other forms of violence against children,” the emir of Talata Mafara said.