Leadership (Abuja)

20 December 2012

Nigeria: Kogi Govt. to Domesticate Child Rights Act Soon - Commissioner

The Kogi Government says it will soon domesticate the Child Rights Act to enhance its application for proper upbringing of children.

Mrs Patience Mameh, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lokoja that government had put in place measures that would popularise the Act.

She said that the upbringing of children should be premised on their guaranteed fundamental rights to check abuse and traumatising of children.

Mameh said that it was against this backdrop that the ministry recently held its maiden sitting of the "Children's Parliament" to develop skills for good governance and responsible citizenship among the children.

She said that among resolutions reached at the sitting was the need for government to urgently direct the appropriate ministry to commence formation and inauguration of the Local Government Child Rights Law implementation committees.

It was also resolved that the Education and Women Affairs Ministries should collaborate and include sex education in primary and secondary schools' curricula.

The commissioner commended the Transformation Agenda of Gov. Idris Wada, and said that it was gender sensitive.

Mameh also commended the states' Chief Judge, Justice Nasiru Ajanah, for his promise to inaugurate the pilot scheme of "Family Court" in Ankpa, Idah, Anyigba, Kabba, Lokoja and Okene.

She also lauded the creation of the Child Protection Network under the office of the First Lady of the state, Hajiya Halima Wada and said that women and children now had a voice in Kogi. (NAN)

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