Enugu State House of Assembly has finally passed the long awaited Child Rights and Responsibility Bill into law.
The Bill, which would protect and care for the well-being of the child of Enugu State, taking into account the rights and duties of the child’s parents, legal guardians and other bodies legally responsible for the child, was presented by Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s Administration as an Executive Bill and sponsored by the leader of the House, Rt. Hon. Ikechukwu Ezeugwu.
The Executive Bill was sequel to a passionate appeal to the governor by the children of the state under the auspices of “The Enugu State Children’s Parliament” for the passage of the Child Rights Bill into law in the State by the state legislature.
After clause by clause consideration of the report presented on the Bill by the Joint Committee Chairman, Honourable Mrs. Nkechi Omeje-Ogbu, the House passed the Bill into law.
While announcing the passage of the Bill, the Speaker of the House, Chief Edward Uchenna Ubosi, thanked Ugwuanyi for his passion and bold initiative to protect and preserve the rights and responsibilities of the children of the state.
He noted that the governor, through the state Ministry of Gender Affairs and Social Development, provided the legal framework and enabling environment for the passage of the Bill to give the children a sense of belonging as future leaders.