By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
Save the Children International (SCI) has disclosed that final draft copy of the Zamfara State Child Protection Bill is ready for the state executive council’s approval.
This was disclosed by the SCI Zamfara State Field Manager, Malam Murtala Bello at a one-day sensitisation meeting on the bill for Media and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the state.
The meeting organized by the Reaching and Empowering Adolescents to make Choices for their Health in Nigeria (REACH) project funded by the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and implemented by the SCI in the state.
Bello said the process for the domestication of the bill started in the state since 2009 by the SCI in collaboration with stakeholders.
He said before arriving at the final copy, the child protection bill under went several necessary reviews both by relevant stakeholders such as the state council of Ulama and lawmakers.
“The final draft copy of the bill is waiting for the state council’s approval before proceeding to state house of assembly for legislation”, he said.
Earlier, the Community Engagement and Advocacy Coordinator of REACH project, Hajia Zaynab Inyako said that the bill if passed in to law will address various violence and abuse against children.
Inyako charger the participants to redouble their efforts through effective collaboration between the media and the CSOs to propel the government and the lawmakers to give the bill top priority its deserves for it to be passed into law.
“Our expectations from the participants of to embark on public enlightenment to educate and sensitize the people to know the importance of the bill to the development of children and the society and therefore the need for the passage of the bill into law in Zamfara state”, she said.
In his remark, the Chairman Zamfara Media and Publicity Consult, Malam Nasiru Usman Biyabiki assured continued support from the media to ensure successful and speedy passage of the bill.
“We as media practitioners will continue to give the bill adequate coverage to ensure that it becomes a law for the benefit of the people of the state,” he assures.