Enugu House moves to domesticate Child Rights Act

Enugu enuguState House of Assembly, yesterday, made bold steps to become the 23rd state nationwide, that has passed the Child Right Responsibility Act into Law as stipulated by the United Nations Convention and African Union meant to protect the rights of child. The Bill, which had scaled through the second reading, was subjected to a three-day public hearing beginning yesterday, for stakeholders from Enugu-North, Enugu-West and Enugu-East senatorial districts to make necessary input towards the passage of the bill. Declaring the public hearing open, Deputy Speaker, Donatus Uzogbado, revealed that though the passage of the Bill has been delayed, it will when passed, protect the child from abuses and guarantee a promising future for the Enugu child. Contributing, Prof. Peter Ebigbo, Founder, Africa Network for Child Abuse and Neglect said: ”Twenty-two states in the country have adopted and implemented the law. This House would do well to domesticate the law which seeks to protect the child from abuses and ensure that the education of the child is guaranteed. “There is nothing in the bill that is against our culture as some people will express. The Act provides for the rights and the responsibilities of the child to the parents and institutions. It is expected that necessary input will be made in this public hearing so that a people-oriented bill will be passed into law.”

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