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The Katsina State House of Assembly has passed the child protection bill into law after some setbacks which lasted seventeen years before the House.

The bill was initially presented before the house by the administration of late Umaru Musa Yaradua administration in 2003.

However, the bill which passed first and second reading was not passed into law due to criticism on its content by Islamic clerics, traditional rulers and other stakeholders.

It was learnt that after pressure from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other civil society organizations (CSOs), the bill was resubmitted to the House by the state executive in March this year.

The House set up a nine-member committee to study the content of the bill, make the consultation and come up with its recommendations.

Presenting the recommendation on the floor of the house, Chairman of the Committee, Musa Nuhu Gafia, said the Committee had studied the bill, held several meetings with relevant stakeholders and legal Islamic clerics.

Gafia said all grey areas had been thrashed in line with religion, culture and tradition of the people in the state.

He said the bill has provided punishment on the issue of rape, child abuse and general welfare as well as protection of the children.

He said the bill had better future for the children especially less privileged ones in Katsina State.

After deliberation on the committee report, members of the house unanimously passed the bill into law.

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Shehu Dalhatu Tafoki, who presided during the plenary directed the clerk of the house to forward a clean copy of the bill to executive for its assent.

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