Ganduje approves Child Rights Act, sends bill to State Assembly


By Abba Gwale

Kano State government has approved the acceptable version of the proposed bill on Child Rights (Protection) Act 2010, which reflects the position of Shari’ah on each and every section of the Child Rights Act (CRA) 2003 adopted by the Federal Government.

The state Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, disclosed this at the end of the State Executive Council meeting held at the Africa House, Government House, Kano state.

He said due to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s commitment to child welfare, after assenting the bill on Free and Compulsory Education, the government also developed keen interest in ensuring the passing of the CRA.

It will be recalled that after its adoption by the federal government in 2003, the state government and other relevant stakeholders that included the Ulama, academics, Non-Governmental Organizations, later drafted the 2010 act, which could not be passed due to lack of political will and continuity in government.

Mallam Garba further said the approved bill when passed, seeks to protect the rights of the child and would be transmitted to the State House of Assembly for passage and subsequent assent by the governor.

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