By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau.
Students in Zamfara State have demanded for the domestication of the Child Rights Law in the state to give children desired freedom and justice.
The students drawn from various schools in the state made the demand on Monday in Gusau at an event organised by the Save the Children International (SCI) in collaboration with the Zamfara State Ministry of Women and Children Affairs to mark the ‘Day of the African Child 2019’
The students at the event with the theme “Humanitarian Action in Africa: Children’s Rights First”, said the domestication of the Child Rights Law remain one of the surest way of ending child abuse and giving children better future.
The students also called on the state government to take urgent action to stop girls almajira which they claimed is becoming rampant in the state.
Chairman Zamfara state Council of Ulamas, Sheik Umar Kanoma and Rev. Nuhu Magaji of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said children rights are sanctioned in the religious books therefore they will continue to preach against injustice to children.
Zamfara state Head of Service (HoS), Alhaji Muhammad Mujtaba Isa represented by the Permanent Secretary, Administration, Alhaji Ahmed Sani Tsafe said the state government is committed to the welfare of children.
“Governor Bello Mohammed on Sallah day hosted children from the state orphanage home and other vulnerable children to a special dinner to make them have sense of belonging”, he said.
Earlier, the Programme Manager, Reaching and Empowering Adolescent to Make Choices of their Health in Nigeria (REACH), a Canadian government Sponsored project implemented by the SCI, Malam Mohammed Murtala Bello said SCI will continue to protect the rights of children in the state.
“The issue of children cannot be over emphasized. Children must be taken care of, no matter the religion”, he said.
Also the Community, Engagement and Advocacy Coordinator, REACH project, Hajiya Fatima Musa while leading the children to deflate balloons for the keeping the hope of children alive called on parents to always ensure they provide safe and conducive environment for the children.