IA-Foundation hails Borno state government for passing the State Child Protection Bill into Law.

Children in Northeast Nigeria

The IA-Foundation congratulates children in Borno State as the Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, has signed the  State Child Protection Bill into law.

According to Founder/CEO – Mrs Ronke Adeagbo, this development is a victory for the children of Borno, including recognition of a legal framework for their protection against recruitment and use by armed groups, child labour and sexual abuse, among other violations of their rights.

“Governor Zulum signed the Borno State Child Protection Bill into law yesterday, marking an end to years of efforts to provide a legal framework that recognises the rights of children in the state to education, health and protection from all forms of abuse.

With the Child Protection Bill signed into law, Borno becomes the 29th state in Nigeria to domesticate the Child Rights Act enacted by the Federal Government in 2003. We have just seven states left to domesticate the Act and they are: Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Kebbi, Yobe, Kano and Zamfara States.

Borno State has remained the epicenter of protracted armed conflict for more than 12 years. Over 300,000 children have been killed in Nigeria’s north-east, while over one million have been displaced.

According to the Universal Basic Education Commission. there are 330,389 children are out of school in Borno as well as Adamawa and Yobe States, the conflict has also impacted essential health, nutrition and child protection services.

IA-Foundation calls on other states in the North-East and indeed across the country to expedite action to domesticate and implement the Federal Child Rights Act