Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, 8 Other States Reject Child Rights Act, Says Minister

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The federal government has said that 11 states have refused to domesticate the Child Rights Act 17 years after it was passed into law.

Minister Of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, made this disclosure at a public hearing on two bills: “Older Persons’ Rights and Privileges Bill 2020 and The Child Rights Act, 2003 Amendment Bill 2020”organised by the Senate committee on Women Affairs.

She stated that the affected states are mainly from the North and specifically mentioned Adamawa, Gombe and Bauchi as three of the states yet to domesticate the Act since 2003.

According to her, “I have been working round the clock since assumption of office reaching out to governors and members of the Houses of Assembly in the various states to ensure that the Act is domesticated in the states “But the good news is that we are making some progress. Out of the 36 states we now have 25 states that have domesticated the Act. I’m still not too happy that we still have 11 states that are yet to domesticate the Act.

“However, I’m reaching out. I just returned from an advocacy tour of some of the states and I’m still moving on until I cover the 11 states.

I have just returned from Adamawa, Bauchi and Gombe. The three States I have visited since after the COVID-19 and they have reassured me because I addressed the Houses of Assembly of the three states and had public hearing with stakeholders.”

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