Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

Child Destitution Commission Bill Passes Second Reading

A bill seeking for the establishment of a National Commission on Child Destitution sponsored by Senator Aliyu Wamakko and 20 other Senators has passed second reading at the Senate.

In a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Bashir Mani, said when established, the commission would serve as an intervention programme to eradicate child destitution in the country.

The commission also aims at rehabilitating the victims, as well as prohibit the menace of child destitution in the country.

Senator Wamakko, who represents Sokoto North Senatorial District, while leading the debate, said that the Boko Haram insurgency was aggravated by the menace of child destitution.

Wamakko, who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education,  further averred, ''we are all living witnesses of child destitution to the society,  particularly over the last ten years.

'' The malady of child destitution in Nigeria has aggravated the menace of Boko Haram, provided fodder for political violence and militancy. It has also fuelled ethno religious crises and acted as a catalyst to a variety of other social problems. ''

Senate President Bukola Sarki referred the bill to the Senate Committee on Establishment with a four -week timeframe. 





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