Sokoto initiates bill on right to education for school-age children

Sokoto initiates bill on right to education for school-age children

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Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has initiated the Right to Education Bill 2016 in recognition and protection of right to education for children between six and 18 years in the state.
This is the first time any state in Nigeria will seek to legally make education a fundamental human right of all children.
The bill is one of the major components of the policy on the state of emergency in education declared in the state in December 2015.
“Sokoto will be the first state in Nigeria to provide right to education, thereby bringing it in conformity with status of fundamental objective and directive principle of state policy under chapter two of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999,” state’s Justice Commissioner, Suleiman Usman said while speaking with reporters in Sokoto.
Usman added that the bill would consolidate the declaration of emergency in education by the Tambuwal administration in concrete terms.
The justice commissioner described the bill as one of the major achievements of the Tambuwal administration, adding that in view of the high premium the administration had placed on rural transformation and delivery of social services to the people, especially at the grassroots, the Social and Community Development Agency Bill 2016 had also been initiated by the Executive and had been put before the state House of Assembly.
“This Bill seeks to create Social and Community Development Agency ‎for the execution of social and community development projects throughout Sokoto State,” Usman said.

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