Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero has expressed readiness to support the passage of the free maternal and child healthcare bill into law in the State.

Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero stated this when he received the leadership of the Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education, CHRICED on an advocacy visit to the palace.

He described the move as a welcome development as it would go a long way to improve the health and well-being of the downtrodden (women and youths) in the State.

“No doubt that the task before your organization is of high importance towards assisting and supporting the well-being of our teeming youths and women in the State.”

“We assure you of our readiness and support in whatever way we can towards ensuring the bill is passed into law,” Emir Bayero assured.

Earlier, the Executive Director of CHRICED, Ibrahim Zikirullah said they were at the palace to solicit the support of the Emir towards smooth passage of the bill into law.

The Executive Director represented by Chairman, Advocacy Committee of CHRICED, Alhaji Garba Musa said the bill which is currently before the State House of Assembly if passed into law seeks to provide legal backing to the free maternal programme already in place in the State.

“There is already an executive order by the State Government for the free maternal programme but we feel that it can be quashed by any successive government hence the need for a law to provide legal backing to the programme in the state.

“The bill is currently before the State House of Assembly but we deemed it right to bring the issue to knowledge of the Emirate Council so that we can have their cooperation, understanding and support so that the bill can sail through the House without any problem and hindrance. We believe if the bill gets the backing of the Emir, it will sail through without any problem,” Zikirullah however stated.

Radio Nigeria recalled that CHRICED was working towards the passage of a free maternal and child healthcare bill into law to provide legal backing to the free maternal programme in place in the State.

Abdullahi Jalaluddeen