UNICEF has praised the recent enactment of the Child Protection Law, signed into law by former Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano State.
The law, which incorporates the Nigeria Child Rights Act, reinforces the legal framework for protecting children’s rights within the state.
Chief of UNICEF Field Office in Kano, Mr. Rahama R.M. Farah, emphasized the importance of allocating necessary resources and establishing mechanisms for the law’s effective implementation.
“The Kano State Child Protection Law is a remarkable achievement that benefits the children and people of Kano. Now that the law has been established, it is crucial to allocate the necessary resources and establish mechanisms for its effective implementation,” Mr. Farah said in a Thursday statement.
He further urged the new administration in Kano State to take vital steps and provide adequate resources to ensure comprehensive enforcement of the law.
The incorporation of the Nigeria Child Rights Act into Kano State’s legal framework marks a significant milestone in safeguarding the rights of children.
The Act draws inspiration from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) of which Nigeria is a signatory.
During the development of the bill, extensive consultations were conducted with key stakeholders, including faith-based and community leaders, ensuring that the law aligns with the values and aspirations of the people of Kano.
By enacting the Child Protection Law, Kano State joins other states in Nigeria that have successfully incorporated the Nigeria Child Rights Act into their legal frameworks.
This unified effort across states strengthens the country’s commitment to upholding children’s rights and fostering their well-being.
The law also encompasses provisions for education, healthcare, and social support to promote children’s overall development.
Child protection organizations and civil society groups have hailed the enactment of the law as a crucial step in safeguarding the rights of children in Kano State.
They are optimistic that its effective implementation will bring about positive change and create a safer and more inclusive environment for children to thrive.