Minister of Women Affairs and Child Development, Pauline Tallen
The Minister of Women Affairs and Child Development, Pauline Tallen has urged Bauchi State government to domesticate the Child’s Right Act to address the persistent violence against the Nigerian child.
The Minister made the appeal during an advocacy visit to the State House of Assembly.
Tallen said despite interventions to ensure their safety and protection children in Nigeria are faced with different forms of violence to include abuse, maltreatment, exploitation were perpetrators are not prosecuted.
The Minister who explained that the act is geared towards protecting the welfare of the Nigerian child, called for it’s domestication to guarantee a brighter future for the children.
According to her the move would complement government’s effort in ensuring that children were enrolled and mobilised to obtain basic education.
Tallen commended the state lawmakers for passing into law the Violence Against Persons Prohibition VAPP Act as its the first State to implement the law in the North East sub region calling on other states to emulate.
Responding the Speaker Abubakar Suleiman said welfare of women and children is a key priority of the ninth State Assembly.
He disclosed that the Assembly has passed many resolutions and legislations to better the lives of women and children in the state.
The Speaker who said the Child rights act was not domesticated in the state due to it complicated nature pledged to look into the possibility of passing it into law.