Kano State Executive Council has approved the proposed bill on Child Rights (protection) Act 2010.
The council said it approved the bill, which reflected the position of Shari’ah on each and every section of the Child Rights Act (CRA) 2003 adopted by the federal government and has already been transferred to the State House of Assembly for passage.
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The state Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, disclosed this at the end of the council’s meeting held at Kano Government House on Saturday.
Garba said: “The administration of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje took the decision due to its commitment to child welfare, after assenting to the bill on Free and Compulsory Education in the state.”
According to the Commissioner, when passed, the approved bill will seek to protect the rights of the children from violations.
After its adoption by the Federal Government in 2003, the State Government and other relevant stakeholders, including the Ulama, academics and Non-Governmental Organisations, met before they later drafted the revised 2010 act.
Garba, however, said even the revised draft could not be passed due to lack of political will of previous administrations in the state.
The bill has generated a lot of controversy in the state when it was first passed by the Federal Government who asked states to do the same due to the perceived disparities of its provisions with the culture and religion of most people of the state.