The Minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Zainab Maina, on Monday appealed to the Kebbi State House of Assembly to domesticate the Child Right Act (2003).

Maina made the appeal in Birnin Kebbi during an advocacy visit to the Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Garba Bena.

She also urged the assembly to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) (1989 and 1991).

She said the domestication of the Act would fulfil the country’s appendage to the UN convention on the rights of the Child, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1989.

Maina said the convention was aimed at ensuring the survival, development and protection of the rights of the all persons

less than 18 years old.

“The law is now operational at the Federal level and 23 states and the Act has provision that protects the welfare of the child.

“I urge you to pass the law to enable the child enjoy the rights granted by the UN.”

She said the Federal Government had approved the domestication of the CEDAW and was awaiting its passage by the National Assembly.

Maina also called on the lawmakers to out-law female genital mutilation, and encourage girl-child education in the state.

Responding, Bena assured that the assembly would ensure fairness, justice and equity for women and the vulnerable children in the state.

He said the lawmakers would review the Child’s Right Act and make necessary adjustments to meet the yearning and aspiration of the people in the state

Bena, however, advised the ministry of women affairs in the state to collaborate with stakeholders and propose a draft bill that could help to curb street begging and Almajiri syndrome in the state.

In her remarks, Hajia Hafsat Gulumbe, the Commissioner for Women Affairs in the state, expressed optimism that the enactment of the laws would end street begging by children in the state. (NAN)

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