Borno: UNICEF Calls for Domestication of Child Rights Act of 2003

377

BY REMILEKUN DARAMOLA in Borno•

Worried over the plight of children in North-east Nigeria, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for the domestication of the Child Rights Act of 2003 in Borno State.

The UNICEF Chief of Borno Field Office, Geoffrey Ijumba made this called on Wednesday at the occasion marking the World Children’s Day in Maiduguri.

Ijumba, while congratulating Borno State for the progress made in the realisation of child rights, however urged the State to domesticate the Child Rights Act of 2003.

“As we look ahead to the next 30 years of progress, let’s recommit to children’s rights. Domesticating the Child Rights Act means committing to fulfilling children’s rights and also holding duty bearers accountable. We stand ready to support the State as needed, for every child in Borno.”

Earlier, representatives of young people from Borno presented an 8-point resolution to the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development detailing the challenges they are facing in the realisation of their rights and their recommendations. The key issue mentioned is access to quality education and improved opportunities for young people.

Receiving the resolution on behalf of the Governor of Borno, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development noted that the issues raised in the youths’ petition aligns with the Governor’s 10-point plan blue print.

“The Government has put children as a priority. We are already working on ensuring improved access to quality education among others. We are committed to protecting the rights of children,” said the Commissioner.

The resolutions followed youth debates organised by UNICEF with funding from the European Union to give young people a platform to be heard.

Earlier, representatives of young people from Borno presented an 8-point resolution to the Hon. Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development detailing the challenges they are facing in the realisation of their rights and their recommendations.

The key issue mentioned is access to quality education and improved opportunities for young people.

Receiving the resolution on behalf of the Governor of Borno, Prof. Babagana Umara, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, noted that the issues raised in the youths’ petition aligns with the Governor’s 10-point plan blue print.

She said: “The Government has put children as a priority. We are already working on ensuring improved access to quality education among others. We are committed to protecting the rights of children.

The resolutions have followed youth debates organised by UNICEF with funding from the European Union to give young people a platform to be heard.

Meanwhile, the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Garbai El-Kanemi has committed to protect the rights of children and symbolically switched on his lights to blue, joining global Iconic landmarks around the world that turned blue to mark the day.

The Shehu at a brief ceremony in his palace had said: “In terms of children’s rights, there has been a lot of progress made in Borno. The Government has achieved key milestones but there are obvious gaps in education and Immunisation. I urge UNICEF and others to work with us to do better for our children.”




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *