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Sokoto State Child Protection Law is all-encompassing — Attorney General

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 MR Suleiman Usman (SAN), the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General in Sokoto State, says the state’s
Child Protection Law signed by Gov. Aminu Tambuwal on Nov. 22 recognizes religious provisions and cultural values, making it all-encompassing.
 
Usman said this at a news conference organized by Plan International, an NGO, in partnership with Sokoto State ministries of justice and women and children affairs on Wednesday in Sokoto.
 
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that Gov. Tambuwal signed the Sokoto State Child Protection Law on Monday, Nov. 22, as
passed by the state’s House of Assembly to enhance the living conditions of children in the state.
 
NAN reports that Tambuwal signed the law in an elaborate ceremony attended by Edward Kallon, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, UNICEF, UNFPA, Plan International representatives and other dignitaries.
 
The attorney general explained that all required procedures were complied with, including contacts with religious groups and leaders that scrutinized relevant books, scholars' views and communal agreements to arrive at the document.
 
He said the law was to safeguard children from all forms of abuses, parental and community neglect, infringement of educational and other livelihood rights that would ensure desirable growth.
 
He added that “we have the best Child Protection Law and VAPP Law that other states will copy, as they translate the character and concerns of people of the state.
 
“The law provides freedom for children, as well as privacy, familial and religious lives, while child labour and all human rights protected for the development of a child.”
 
According to him, the law is based on available laws, interpretations, and Nigeria’s constitution, with adequate preparations to facilitate smooth and speedy implementation for the interest of citizens.
 
He noted that the state government would continue to live up to the expectation of protecting the lives of citizens, especially growing children and for women development.

The commissioner also commended the state’s House of Assembly members for their endurance, understanding and foresight on the law processes.

He further commended the Ministry for Women and Children Affairs, led by the Commissioner, Hajiya Kulu Sifawa, Plan International, UNICEF, UNFPA, EU-UN Spotlight Initiative Project and bodies that supported the move up until its actualization into law.

Mr Tunde Aremu, the Policy and Influencing Manager of Plan International, described the law as “a monumental landmarks achievement” and assured Plan International’s support toward its implantation.

Hajiya Kulu Nuhu, the acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Women and Children Affairs, also lauded the efforts of donor agencies, the Sultanate Council and community groups and the intervention networks for their giant efforts.
 
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event witnessed a question and answer session, as well as interactions on areas to highlight for public awareness. (NAN)
 

- Nov. 24, 2021 @ 16:03 GMT /

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