… Gombe Children Cry Out
William Attah, Gombe
Speaker of the Children Parliament in Gombe State, Umar Farouk Abdullahi has alerted Gombe State Legislature and other stakeholders that criminals in the State have capitalized on the non passage of the Child Rights Act to continue to perpetrate crimes against children.
The child right bill is currently with the Gombe State House of Assembly after it was sent to them by the State Governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya as an executive bill.
But the Speaker of the Children Parliament is crying out that they have continued to live in fear and call for a speedy process that will culminate in its passage into law considering how the State is being ranked high among states with high number of child rape and other crimes against children.
According to the Speaker during a press briefing, the crimes against children have continued unabated in the state because the criminals know that there is no law that will pin them down adding, “even when they are arrested, they will sooner be set free”.
He said, ‘Children in Gombe State deserved a better life by getting adequate protection against all manner of crimes on them, thus, cutting their future dreams and aspirations short.
The Parliament therefore made four strong calls to action which included, a call on the State Legislature to pass the child right act into law, the State Executive under Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya to sign the act into law, the security agents to ensure that all offenders of the child right act are brought before the law.
They called on parents to always ensure that they know where their children are at every point in time.
Mr. Akpan Effiong, Project Manager Towards Ending Child Marriage (TECM) agreed that there is truly the need for the speedy passage of the bill into law.
He said, having met with the State legislature at different fora, they have appreciated the concerns and the true situation on ground.
According to him, the legislators have seen the need for the law and are ready to go to their constituencies to enlighten their people the more on the law.
He added that these and many other protocols or legislative procedures are probably the hurdles that needed to be crossed before the House will pass the child right law in the State.