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Alhaji Aminu Abbas, Speaker, Adamawa State House of Assembly

YOLA/Nigeria: Alhaji Aminu Abbas, Speaker, Adamawa State House of Assembly has assured of the assembly’s commitment to formulate children friendly laws for the development of their education, curtailing cases of rape and other forms of violence against them.

Abbas gave the assurance when the children’s Speaker, Amira Abdullahi, presented their requests before the Chamber, in commemoration of the 2021 International Day of the Girl-child on Monday, in Yola.

He said that the House would look into their prayers, for them to succeed in the future.

In her address, Amira Abdullahi, a 13-year old, JSS II student of Government Junior Secondary School Luggere, Yola-North, urged the house to enact an early marriage Prohibition bill that would stop parents from given them out for marriage at least until after their secondary school.

She pleaded with the state assembly to also give the Child protection law a speedy passage as it had already passed the first reading.

“Mr speaker Sir, we plead with you and your colleagues to ensure that girls are protected from cases of rape and other forms of child abuse done to girls in Adamawa State.

“Also, education needs increased budgetary allocation and the seventh assembly can do more in supporting the Education Committee to achieve this.

“Mr speaker, we appreciate the effort of the seventh assembly in passing the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) law and other education friendly laws.

“We, the children of Adamawa state, have confidence in you in addressing our concerns”, Abdullahi said.

She further expressed the need for support and for employment opportunities into key positions in the state so that the women could serve as mentors to girls in the state.

Abdullahi was among the 50 students trained on digital innovation by the UNICEF, as part of activities commemorating the 2021 international day for the girl child celebrations.

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