By Ahmed Ahmed
The Executive Director, The Young Leaders Network in Bauchi, Mr Seun Justin Onarinde has reiterated that assenting the child right act into law would enable children to reach their fullest potential in future.
He made the assertion in a statement made available to Journalists on Sunday in Bauchi,
“These child rights enables children to reach their fullest potential like education, play and leisure, cultural activities, access to information and freedom of thought, conscience and religion
“The Network always advocated towards addressing the problems and needs of children, youths and women,” he said
Onarinde Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State for assenting the Child Rights Acts into law.
“It is exceptionally pleased by the gesture of the Bauchi State Government led by Gov. Bala Muhammed Kaura in signing into law the Child Rights Bill passed by the State’s House of Assembly.
“This is a laudable step by the government and a strategic move in protecting the rights of children everywhere in the state.
“Recall that the State Governor, on Thursday, December 28, 2023 assented into law, the Child Rights Bill during the signing of the state’s 2024 budget into law,” Onarinde said.
According to him, “The signing of this law has also projected the Governor Mohammed led administration and the state at large as one which cares about the wellbeing of her young and vulnerable citizens.
“We see it as an important breakthrough in the efforts for the protection of children and girls’ rights in Bauchi State.
“The domestication of the Child Rights Act in Bauchi State is indeed a timely development in the State that is battling with numerous child abuses and surge in the number of out-of-school children,” The ED said
He urged stakeholders and Caregivers of children to partner with the government in upholding the dignity of the children they work with.
“By ensuring access to education and healthcare while shielding them from harmful practices such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), rape, child marriages, child trafficking and other areas,” he said.
He further urged Government, development partners and other stakeholders to work collaboratively to ensure proper operation structures are put in place for the smooth implementation of this law throughout the state.
Onarinde also commended Civil Society Organizations, government statesmen and stateswomen, legislators and community/traditional leaders who have contributed to the domestication of this law in Bauchi State.
The ED however explained that the Network as a Civil Society Organization has been working for the past 6 years to protect the rights of women, children, and youth in 13 LGAs in the state.