Women Affairs ministry advocates sensitisation on Child protection laws

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The Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development is advocating more awareness and sensitisation on the new child protection law passed by the State House of Assembly.

The Kaduna State Commissioner of Health, Hajiya Hafsat Baba in an interview said, with the passage of the law, people especially at the community level would be properly sensitised on it.

She noted that the bill was aimed at protecting the welfare and safety of children across the State, hence the need for awareness campaign.

“With the passage of the bill into law, children will have unhindered access and right to education and justice in case of violation of their rights which includes rape, trafficking amongst others”.

She further explained that, if parents were properly educated and informed about the law, children who have been raped or assaulted would have justice at the long run.

“We  believe that with this law, both the judiciary and court will have a document to work on and justice will be done to our children and all that are concerned,” she said.

She emphasised that the law will protect every child, irrespective of their social status in the society, saying, “like any one of us, children also have the right to life, education and right to protection and conducive environment”.

She also expressed appreciation to Governor Nasiru El-Rufa’i, the civil societies, the media and members of the State Assembly for their efforts in establishing the law, adding that, the 18 months struggle has made history for the State.

“This is a giant stripe for Kaduna State taking the lead, i hope other States will emulate, she stressed”.

She added that lots of consultations were made, saying, inputs from religious, traditional leaders, Civil societies and the public were received after a series of public presentation where people gave their views.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after the passage of the bill into law, Chairman, House Committee on Women and Social Development, Haliru  Dangana said the aim of the law was to curb the atrocities committed in the State through child trafficking which has become a money making venture for most people.

Reports indicated that, for about 18 months of rigorous scrutiny, criticism and debates, the Kaduna State House of Assembly had on Wednesday passed into law the Child Protection Law.

Lateefah Ibrahim