Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi
The Bauchi State Government has said that it is committed to the promotion and protection of rights of children as contained in the Child’s Rights Act of 2007.
The state Governor, Muhammad Abdullahi Abubakar, gave the indication at the occasion of this year’s International Children’s Day celebration held at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa stadium Bauchi Sunday.
The governor stressed the need for all hands to be on deck towards creating awareness on the critical role of protecting the rights of children against all forms of violence.
Represented by the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Child Development, Rukayya Ibrahim Kewa, the governor noted that Children’s Day celebration is aimed at reminding parents and guardians of their responsibilities of protecting the rights of their children.
Abubakar therefore charged the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Child Development to liaise with other agencies to provide lasting solution to the challenges faced by women and children in the society.
Also speaking, the Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Prof. Yahaya Ibrahim Yero, disclosed that a number of measures are being taken to improve the quality of education and reduce gender disparity in the system.
The SUBEB executive chairman assured the children that the Board is committed to the implementation of the Basic Education policy for the educational development of the state.
In a message at the occasion, the Speaker, Bauchi State Children’s Parliament Habiba Abdullahi expressed concern over the increasing number of violence against children and women, and called for concerted efforts towards addressing the situation.
Abdullahi also called on the National Assembly to as a matter of urgency pass the Child’s Rights Act to ensure the security of the children.