The Kwara State House of Assembly, on Wednesday, 18th September, urged the State Government to urgently set machinery in place for the implementation of the State Child Rights Law to ensure adequate protection of Child’s Rights in the state.
This was part of the House resolutions following a Motion on “Need to Implement the Kwara State Child’s Rights Law” raised by House Leader and member representing Ilorin Central Constituency, Hon. Abubakar Olawoyin Mogaji.
The Speaker, Engr. Yakubu Danladi Salihu, while reading the Resolutions of the House, explained the need for the state government to commence its implementation, saying its an urgent need to curb Child abuse and other vices against the future Leaders of the State.
The Legislature also directed all relevant government agencies to be alive to their statutory responsibilities of protecting the rights of the child.
The House, according to the Speaker, equally directed the state Ministry of Information and Communication to embark on sensitization on the provisions of the law, so as not to run foul of it.
Hon. Mogaji, on the motion, expressed concern that the exposure of child to various forms of abuse like street hawking, lack of education, child marriage, rape, discrimination and general lack of parental care, among others, were causes of juvenile delinquencies, pointing out that the implementation of the law and the the Social Investment Bill when passed by the House,would improve the fortunes of children in state.
Other members who spoke on the Motion identified, among other things, poverty, lack of family planning, ignorance of the existing law and advocated extensive enlightenment on Juchild abuse to curb the trend, stressing that the existing law was comprehensive in tackling child abuse and other vices against children in the state.
The lawmakers who spoke on the Motion were members representing Okuta/Yashikira, Omupo,Oke Ero, Malete/ Ipaiye/Oloru, Share/Oke Ode,Odo Ogun, Irepodun, Ojomu/Balogun and Isin Constituencies – Hon. Mohammed Salihu Baba, Barr. Abdul Ganiyu Salau, Hons Raphael Olanrewaju-Adetiba, Abdul Kareem Paku, Rasaq Owolabi, Musa Atoyebi Yusuf, Felix Awodiji, Saheed Popoola and Olumide Awolola.
The House equally in its Wednesday’s sitting received 2018 Audit Reports of the Accounts of the 16 Local Government Councils and the State Local Government Service Commission presented by the House Leader, Hon Abubakar Olawoyin Mogaji and the Speaker referred the Reports to the Public Account Committee for further legislative actions.