Gov. Matawalle assents to Child Protection Bill, 2 others

Bello Matawalle

Minister of Defence, Bello Matawalle

By Shuaib Sadiq

Governor Bello Matawalle has assented to the three Social Protection Bills passed by the State House of Assembly.

According to Jamilu Birnin-magaji, Press Secretary to the Governor, the bills are: “A law to Provide for the Protection of Children in Zamfara State and Other Matters Related Thereto, Persons with Disabilities Bill and State Social Protection Bill.”

Matawalle said the documents would serve as guiding principles in coordinating government social interventions.

He said the documents would ensure proper targeting and exit criteria for eligible beneficiaries, “expected to be mined from the State Social Register.”

According to the governor, the laws provide that the state social protection and disability funds be provided to complement the government’s efforts in providing more access to children, women, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.

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Matawalle lauded the leadership and members of the State House of Assembly for their concern for the needs and aspirations of the citizens of Zamfara by approving the three bills.

“All the due processes observed conform with our peculiarity to ensure that all content of the laws does not contravene our Islamic laws,” Matawalle added.

He appreciated Islamic scholars, partners and women groups who advocated through the First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Matawalle, for their contributions.

Their effort, he said was part of what led to the speedy passage of the bills and their subsequent assent for implementation.


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