A non governmental organisation under the aegis of Centre for Family Health Initiative (CFHI) has decried lack of social systems to protect the African child and called on the government to implement the Child Right Act.
The director CFHI, Princess Osita Oleribe disclosed this during the commemoration of the Day of the African Child 2018 with the theme ‘’Leave no child behind for Africa’s development.”
Princess Osita noted that CFHI will continue to educate African children to make them part of the team to lead the change.
She stated that the organisation provides children with vital information about the realities of living in order to overcome social vices.
Lamenting the lack of willingness by the government agencies to enforce child’s rights, she called on the government agencies responsible to ensure strict implementation of child rights.
“The government should walk the talk, we have the laws but beyond signing these laws, they should implement the laws and punish offenders. There are cases where we reach out to Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, NAPTIP and FIDA but they all seem to be okay with the status quo and not to escalate the problem,” she said.
She disclosed that the organisation had received cases where a father abused his daughter but the mother stopped the daughter from exposing him, adding that such mothers do not know the danger that the molestation pose to the daughter’s life.
Princess Osita revealed that in a bid to protect the children from abuse, CFHI has established watch dogs in schools.
The chief executive officer, Excellence and Friends Management Care, Dr Obinna Oleribe speaking on drug abuse, averred that most children become victims of drug abuse because the system is not empowered to protect them.
Dr Obinna noted that some of the children abuse drugs due to peer influence and ignorance, therefore, the organisation tends to train the children to say no to drugs.
He regretted that though Nigeria is signatory to many UN charters such are not implemented in Nigeria.
“We need government, individuals and communities to do something to protect the African child. Laws cannot make a difference in Nigeria unless implemented,” he said.
Also speaking at the sideline of the occasion, assistant director FCT Secondary Education Board, Dr Ajayi Oluyemi described drug abuse as one of the major challenges that has bedeviled the society, adding that it is proper to educate the children with the right information to curb the habitual practice.
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