Wife of the Governor of Abia State, Dr. Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu is seeking the assistance of Abia House of Assembly Lawmakers in the review of the 2006 Abia State Child Rights Law.
Deaconess Ikpeazu made the appeal when she appeared before members of the State Assembly on Tuesday in the company of members her Advocacy Team.
Though it wasn’t any official statement why the First Lady was calling for the review of the 2006 Child Rights Law, sources who preferred anonymity disclosed that the wife of the Governor of the state, was seeking the assistance of the Assembly Lawmakers to address some of the “gray areas” in the 2006 Child Rights Law which her organization and other Human Rights groups see as hindrance to their campaign against child abuse and child molestation.
Cashing into the opportunity of the visit which doesn’t come regularly, the Abia State First lady who came to the Assembly complex with the wife of the Deputy Governor of the State; Lady Vivian Ude Okochukwu to beg the leadership and members of the State Assembly to give attention to the Widows and Disabled Persons Bills before them.
Handing over a document where all that she requested for was compiled, to the Speaker; Rt. Hon. Orji, the First Lady thanked the leadership and members of the legislature for being proactive in their Legislative affairs and commended them for passing into Law so many Bills which directly affect children and women.
Responding, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Orji, thanked Deaconess Ikpeazu for finding time to come on what he termed “all important advocacy visit”, saying it proves that Dr Nkechi Ikpeazu is fully committed to help enhance and improve the welfare of women in the State.
The Speaker informed his colleagues that the First Lady had played a huge role in the last six years in the areas of empowering women especially widows and the less privileged in the society.
“It will be to your credit that in your time, Bills that are people oriented were passed into Law; you have been so outstanding and have mount pressure on the Assembly to pass Bills that positively affect women and children into Law,” the Speaker said.
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He promised that the House will pass the Persons with Disability Bill into Law as requested by the First Lady in coming weeks.