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 Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfarahas cautioned parents and guardians to avoid engaging their children in to hazardous activities and hard labour that could retard their growth.

Matawalle stated this in Gusau on Friday at the commemoration of the 2022 International Children’s Day.
The event with  theme: Strengthening Supportive Systems for the Protection of the Nigerian Child was organised by the State Ministry for Women and Children Affairs.

Matawalle represented by his Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Sulaiman, said  the state Child Protection Bill was currently at the State House of Assembly undergoing legislative processes.

“I am assuring you that as soon as the bill is passed by the house, It will be signed into law.
“I am also  assuring you of my administration’s commitments to the provision of conducive atmosphere to promote the future of children in the state.
“I want to use this opportunity to call on parents and guardians to be committed in supporting education of their children”, he said.

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The Governor urged relevant stakeholders and partners to continue supporting the government in promoting education and rights of children.
In her remarks, the State Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Hajiya Zainab Lawal Gumi, described the team of this year’s Children’s Day celebration as a wake up call.

“The theme is timely especially considering how Nigerian Children are facing alot of challenges especially in Northern parts of the country.
“The greatest challenge of insecurity  resulting to displacement of people especially women and children”, Gumi said.

According to her, the Child Protection Law if passed by the Assembly and assented by the governor will certainly address all issues related to protection of the children at all levels.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Barira Bagobiri, commended the state government commitments for initiating various programmes toward children’s survival and development in the state.
Bagobiri said the development of every society depends on the child who will later become a leader of tomorrow.

She also appreciated all stakeholders who have been contributing to the state especially in the areas of children’s education.

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