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Kano emirate finalises 218-page bill to address early marriage, divorce, Almajirci 

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Kano State Emirate Council, under the leadership of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II, has proposed a new family law to address the rising cases of divorce, girl-child marriage and Almajiranci in the state.

The proposed law has already been forwarded to the state Governor Abdullahi Ganjuje for onward transmission to the state’s House of Assembly for deliberation and eventual passage into law.

Dr Bashir Mohammed, the chairman, Kano State Emirate Council Committee on Health, KECCOH, disclosed this at a conference in collaboration with Development ‎Research and Projects Centre, DRPC, held in Kaduna.

He said it took the emirate and other stakeholders two years to draft the law with about 218 pages and that if passed into law it will help address the issue of abuse of marriages, girlchild marriage and also Almajiranchi.

“Yes, there is a proposed law by his Highness the Emir of Kano Sanusi Lamido Sanusi on family law which he sent to the state Governor to forward to the State Assembly.

“This law protects every aspect of marriage in Islam under Shari’ah, for instance, qualifications are given for what kind of man should get married and, for the women, the age she will get married at,” he said.

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He also commended the federal government for it move to address the Almajiri syndrome in northern Nigeria.

‎In his remark, a Traditional title-holder from Kano, Yahaya Inuwa-Abbas, urged parents to ensure that their daughters attend health colleges to become health workers.

According to him, it is good for girl children to acquire health knowledge in order to either become health workers or midwives.

Mr Inuwa-Abbas added that girlchild needs such knowledge to be more useful in the communities.

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