The Emir of Kano (Sarkin Kano), HRH Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero has expressed his support for the passage of the free maternal and child healthcare (FMCH) Bill into law in the state.
The Sarkin Kano gave the assurance on Tuesday when he received the leadership of the Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED) on an advocacy visit to his palace.
In the last 6 years, CHRICED has been pushing for the passage of the bill into law to provide legal backing for FMCH programs in the state.
The Sarkin Kano described the move as a welcome development as it will go a long way to improve the health and well-being of the downtrodden, especially women and children in the state.
“No doubt the task your organization has embarked on is of high importance towards assisting and supporting the well-being of our teeming youths and women.
“We assure you of our readiness and support in whatever way we can toward ensuring that the bill is passed into law,” Emir Bayero said.
Earlier, the Executive Director, CHRICED, Ibrahim Zikirullah who was represented by Chairman, Advocacy Committee, Alhaji Garba Musa said the bill which is currently before the Kano State House of Assembly, if passed into law will provide legal backing to the FMCH program already in place.
DR. Zikirullah said: “CHRICED team was at the palace to solicit the support of the Emir towards smooth passage of the bill into law.
“There is already an executive order by the state government for the free maternal program but we feel it can be quashed by any successive government, hence the need for a law to provide legal backing to the program in the state.
“We deemed it right to bring the issue to knowledge of the Emirate Council so that we can have their cooperation, understanding, and support for the bill scale through without any hindrance.
“We believe if the bill gets the backing of the Emir, it will be passed into law.”