Segun Awofadeji, Bauchi
A Civil Society Organization, Young Leaders Network (YLN), has commended the Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdukadir Mohammed, for signing into law the Child Rights Bill passed by the state House of Assembly.
Seun Justin Onarinde, Executive Director, Young Leaders Network who commend the Governor for signing the Child Rights Bill into law believes the new law will address the problems and needs
of children, youth and women in the state.
According to him, “We are exceptionally pleased by the gesture of the BauchiState Government led by Governor Bala Abdukadir Muhammed in signing the bill,”
Onarinde in a press release made available to Journalists yesterday said that “This is a laudable step by the government and a strategic move in protecting the rights of children everywhere in the state”
It would be recalled that the State Governor, Bala Mohammed on Thursday, December 28,2023 assented into law, the Child Rights Bill during the signing of the state’s2024 budget into law.
“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”.
Onarinde also said “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 Right 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.
“YLN commends all Civil Society Organizations, government statesmen and stateswomen, legislators and community/ traditional leaders who have contributed to the domestication of this law in Bauchi State.
“We also call on the State 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.
“Young Leaders Network as a Civil Society Organization has been working in the past six years to protect the rights of women, children,and youth in 13 LGAs in the State.
“The Organization has also championed the campaign for school safety to ensure that boys and girls learn in a safe, secure atmosphere.
“Young Leaders Network is calling on all stakeholders and Caregivers of children to partner with the government in upholding the dignity of the children they work with through ensuring access to education and healthcare while shielding them from harmful practices such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), rape, child marriages, child trafficking and so on”.