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Nasarawa State Govt. Pledges Support for FG at Risk Children’s Programme

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Nathaniel Gbaoron, Lafia

The Nasarawa State Government has pledged its commitment to support the Federal Government in the implementation of the At-Risk Children’s Programme. Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State stated this on Thursday in Lafia while flagging off a stakeholder engagement workshop on At-Risk Children’s Programme in the state.

The governor represented by Emmanuel Akabe, Deputy Governor of the state, said the state had since keyed into the initiative of the FG aimed at ameliorating the hardship being faced by vulnerable children.

Sule explained that the state government under him had domesticated the ‘Child’s right law’ to help toward the full cognitive and economic development of the vulnerable children in the state.

“Following the increasing violence and abuses against children and other vulnerable groups, the state in 2020 enacted Nasarawa State violence against person’s prohibition laws to safeguard and protect them. We fully committed to protecting all vulnerable groups especially children and we would support the FG to ensure the success of the At-Risk Children Programme,” the governor added.

On her part, Hajiya Aisha Rufai-Ibrahim, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development welcomed the stakeholders especially the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari to the engagement.

The Commissioner said that the government through the ministry had been doing a lot towards protecting children and others vulnerable and therefore, the At-Risk programme is to complement and re-enforce what they were already doing.

She said that the ministry has invited stakeholders from Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as groups that have one thing or the other to do with protecting the rights of children and others vulnerable.

Similarly, Marriam Uwais, Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment represented by Bimbo Adesanmi, said the At-Risk Children Programme was initiated by FG to create a favourable environment for Nigeria’s vulnerable and out-of-school children. “It is an initiative of the President Muhammadu Buhari government which is under the supervision of the Office of the Vice President to better the condition of the targeted group,” she said.

She therefore called on all stakeholders to join hands with the FG for the success of the programme.

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