Bill on Child Destitution Passes Second Reading

By Abdallah el-Kurebe

A Bill for an Act to establish the National Commission on Child Destitution in Nigeria sponsored by Sen. Aliyu Wamakko who represents Sokoto North senatorial district, Thursday passed second reading.

A statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Sokoto said that the bill, cited as “National Commission on Child Destitution in Nigeria (Establishment, etc) 2017 “would provide the legal and constitutional frameworks for the eradication of child destitution in Nigeria.”

It added that “the bill would also result in taking formidable steps to mitigate the effects of the recurring cases of child destitution in the country.”

According to it, when established, the commission would serve as an intervention programme that would eradicate, rehabilitate and prohibit the menace of child destitution in Nigeria.

Other bills sponsored by Wamakko that have passed second reading include the bill for an act to amend Universal Basic Education Act 2003, to enforce Quality, compulsory, mandatory and free education up to secondary three or equivalent and other purposes and a bill for an act to further amend the Pension Act 2014 to provide for definite percentage a retiree can withdraw from his/her retirement savings account and for other matters related thereto.


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