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Kano First Female Speaker Of Children Parliament Tasks Govt, Lawmakers On Passage Of Child Protection Act



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A 16-year-old female student from Kano Capital Girls School in Kano State, Hauwa’u Ibrahim Muhammad who has
emerged Speaker of the 4th Kano children’s parliament, has tasked the state government and state assembly to ensure the passage of the state child protection bill into law.

She also called on the state on the review and implementation of all existing child-sensitive policies, laws while programs on education, health should be prioritised and not as a second opinion

Hon. Hauwa’u Muhammad made the call on Thursday during the inauguration of the 4th assembly of the Kano state children ‘s Parliament held at the state house of assembly in the state capital.

She advised the state house of assembly to be more child-inclusive by making available adequate resources for the conduct of “,our legislative sittings at least twice a year as enshrined in the Constitution and standing orders ‘

Speaking shortly after the inauguration, the deputy speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon.Kabir Hassan Dashi, promised that the House will ensure the passing of the child act before their tenure elapses.

It will be recalled that Hauwa’u, SS 2 student from Nassarawa Local government State on Thursday emerge the winner as speaker after scoring 38 votes against her closest rival, Sadiq Muhammad Ghali from GSS, Gwale who polled 30 votes.

Also during the subsequent election of other results, Asiya Dahiru Ismail, another female student from G.G.A.S.S Dambata LGA also emerged the Deputy Speaker of the parliament after scoring 39 votes.

The final result of the election, was witnessed by an Electoral Officer from Kano State Independent Electoral Commission, KANSIEC, Najib Bashir Musa presided over the conduct of the election which has national observers from the Federal and state Ministry of Women Affairs, Security agents, Civil Society Organization, CSO and the media among others

Musa said a total of 81 children were registered and voted in the election.

He said ‘There were 10 elective positions. We have a total number of 81 registered voters during the election.

“Votes scored by all candidates is 795. Number of Valid votes is 795 while number of invalid votes is 15,” Musa said.

Other principal officers elected include, Mustapha Sunusi Sani as House Leader, Habiba Aliyu (Deputy House Leader), Muhammad Yasin (Chief Whip), Hamza Nasiru Ado (Deputy Chief Whip), Ummulkhair Mahmud (Clerk), Ibrahim Abdullahi (Assistant Clerk), Hauwa’u Nasir Nuhu and Hassan Abubakar as Mace Bearer and Assistant Mace Bearer respectively.

The children from government schools across the 44 local government areas of the state and within the age range between 12 and 16 years converged in Kano to elect their principal officers to steer the affairs of the children’s parliament for the next three years.

The election was organized by the Kano State government with support from Expanding Social Protection for Inclusive Development,( ESPID )and Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption, RoLac.

In her acceptance speech, the new speaker, Hauwa’u Ibrahim Muhammad pledged to carry everybody along in the course of discharging her duties as the speaker of the parliament.

She also promised that her leadership will improve on the plight of children in the state.

Hauwa’u Ibrahim Muhammad, then urged other contestants to rally round those that were elected, saying that in any competition a winner and loser must emerge.

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