Reps set March 12 date for debate on Alamajiri syndrome




Gbajabiamila and Wase being ushered out of first plenary at the 9th House of Representatives

The House of Representatives has set aside Thursday March 12, 2020 to debate on the legislative interventions required to address the challenges of Alamajiri and out of school children in the country.

There are growing concerns over street children, with Kaduna and Kano state governments issuing ban on street begging by children.

Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila reiterated the decision of the House Wednesday while inaugurating the Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) and  Nigeria National Group (NNG). “March 12 is the day, and we are going to dedicate the of the House to debating the issue of Alamajiri and out of school children. I don’t know for how many hours…”, he said.

Gbajabiamila commended chairman of the NNG, Abdulrazak Namdas, who is also chairman of the committee on army for pursuing the recognition of the Nigerian chapter of the global body to success. He also expressed satisfaction with the quality of its members.

Speaking earlier, Namdas stated that the organisation with headquarters at the Hague is “the largest nongovernmental, multiparty international network of individual legislators in the world with more than 1,350 members in 140 parliaments,” with to defence of human rights, the rule of law, democracy, human security and gender equality.

He said the group had its advocacy targets to include ending child early and forced marriage, abolition of death penalty, addressing the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, and improved regulation of the international arms and trade to prevent human rights abuses, universality and implementation of the biological weapons convention and implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004), amongst others.

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