Nigeria’s county office of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has commended the Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri for signing the child protection law to become operational in the state.
The commendation was contained in a statement by Ms Cristian Munduate, UNICEF representative in Nigeria, on the signing of the law in Adamawa state.
According to her, “UNICEF commends the Governor of Adamawa state, Ahmadu Fintiri for signing the Child Protection Bill into law.”
Munduate added that “The child protection law is the official position of the Adamawa government that disregard for children’s rights is unacceptable and punishable.”
She stressed that “The law aims to safeguard the rights of children by preventing and addressing the killing and maiming of children, child labour, abductions of children, sexual violence against children and the recruitment and use of children by armed groups, among other grave violations of their rights.
“UNICEF hopes that the new law in Adamawa will be effectively implemented and those vulnerable children are supported to survive, thrive and become successful members of the society.”
She expressed confidence that “With the signing into law the child protection bill by the government of Adamawa state, only Kano, Bauchi and Gombe states are yet to domesticate the Child Rights Act.
“UNICEF calls on the Governments of these states to do the needful as a commitment of their respect for the rights of children,” She added.
She then assured that “UNICEF will continue to work with the government of Adamawa to operationalize the law and bring perpetrators and violators into account.”