Minister Of Women Affairs:11 States Yet To Domesticate Child Rights Act.

Mrs Pauline Tallen, the Minister of Women Affairs, on Tuesday, said that 11 states had yet to domesticate the Child Rights Act out of the 36 states in the country, which was passed into law in 2003. The Minister made said this during a public hearing in Abuja organised by the Senate Committee on Women Affairs on two bills: “Older Persons’ Rights and Privileges Bill 2020 and The Child Rights Act, 2003 Amendment Bill 2020”. Since her assumption into office, she has been working round in circle, reaching out to governors and members of the Houses of Assembly in the various states to ensure that the Act is domesticated in the states, according to Tallen. “But the good news is that we are making some progress. Out of the 36 states we now have 25 states that have domesticated the Act. “I’m still not too happy that we still have 11 states that are yet to domesticate the Act. “However, I’m reaching out. I just returned from an advocacy tour of some of the states and I’m still moving on until I cover the 11 states. “I have just returned from Adamawa, Bauchi, and Gombe. The three States I have visited since after the COVID-19 and they have reassured me because I addressed the Houses of Assembly of the three states and had public hearing with stakeholders.” The minister further guaranteed that before the end of 2020, all states would have domesticated the Act. She explained the two bills as life-saving bills which particularly has to deal with the Child Right Act having in mind the events that were unwrapping in the country as a result of rape and gender-based violence which affects innocent children that are vulnerable members of the society. “The old persons are not left out of it and it is heartbreaking that this vulnerable class has been so badly abused by evil men in our society.” “A former Senator representing Adamawa North Senatorial District called for[…]

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Singapore Has Decided To Pay New Parents For More Babies Amid Coronavirus Pandemic.

Singapore’s government has announced that it will be giving a one-time additional payment to people hoping to be parents during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, October 5, while appearing before parliament, Heng Swee Keat, Singapore’s Prime Minister said the payment will go a long way in increasing the Southeast Asia country’s population and birthrate that has for years been an all-time low. According to Heng, the COVID-19 pandemic had threatened to exonerate the situation since most people aspiring to be parents had put aside the plans owing to dwindling income and job insecurity occasioned by the scourge. The prime minister told lawmakers: “We have received feedback that COVID-19 has caused some aspiring parents to postpone their parenthood plans. This is fully understandable, especially when they face uncertainty with their income. Hence, to help with expenses during this period, we will introduce a one-off additional support for newborns.” Delivered my Ministerial Statement in Parliament today to set out the context for the Supplementary Supply Bill that will allocate resources for the measures announced in August. I shared a stocktake of where we are now, and where we are headed. Our people and businesses are in the thick of battling COVID-19. We have adapted together, and we continue to do so as the situation evolves. Today, I announced that we will be providing one-off additional support for parents with newborns, on top of the Baby Bonus Cash Gift. I also extended the support provided to firms, including the Temporary Bridging Loan and the MAS Singapore Dollar Facility for Enterprise Singapore Loans by six months. Singapore is at a defining phase of this crisis. We are building on our Industry Transformation Maps to deliver a refreshed economic strategy for a post-COVID-19 world — reposition our businesses to capture new opportunities in Asia, digitalisation, innovation, and to build a more resilient and sustainable economy. We must better prepare our people to take on these new opportunities and bounce back from setbacks. But given the[…]

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