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By Maryam Aminu, Abuja

The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs carried out an environmental Impact assessment of the Child Rights Law across the States in the North West of Nigeria in a 2- Day meeting convened from 6th -7th May, 2022, in Kano State.

For the development of the report, the Ministry was represented by the Deputy Director, Child Development, Mr Ali Andrew Madugu who was ably represented by the Deputy Director (Girl Child Development) Mr Musa Aliyu Musa

Mr Ali appreciated the States in the North west that passed the Child Protection Law and urged Kano and Zamfara States to do so in the best interest of the children.

The meeting was attended by State Directors of Child Development and CSOs to review and finalise the report of the environmental impact assessment in the five North West States of Katsina, Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna and Zamfara State carried by Niphemy Solutions Ltd engaged by the Ministry.

According to Mr Madugu, he said “the meeting was designed to document intervention activities carried out to promote the rights of children to survival, development, protection and participation.

He informed participants that Nigeria as a member of the United Nations ratified the Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) on 21st March 1991 and signed as well as ratified the African Union Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (AUCRWC) in 2001 and as a state party to the Convention, Nigeria is obliged to take all legislative and administrative measures required for its implementation.

It was further reiterated that incompliance with the obligations, Nigeria enacted the Child Rights Act (CRA) in July, 2003 which domesticates the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC , the African Union Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (AUCRWC) and strengthens the various States legislation dealing with individual aspects of child protection and that the provision of Child Rights Act, 2003 act supersedes all legislations created concerning issues involving a child.

“Consequently, Nigeria is legally bound to develop periodic reports on the Implementation of the UNCRC and defend it before the Committee of Experts in Geneva, while noting that Nigeria had developed and presented the initial 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th combined Periodic and its concluding observation. The 5th, 6th and 7th combined Periodic Reports is being prepared for submission.

“The report developed from the meeting therefore becomes very important as it will form part of data and the National report that will be put together by the National Child Rights Implementation Committee.”

Madugu used the platform to sincerely appreciate all the States that passed the Child Rights Law, while urging them to put structures in place for effective implementation.

He further encouraged the remaining 2 States of Kano and Zamfara to follow suit in the best interest of the Child.

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