… Partners Child Protection Commission To Stem Tide
From Olanrewaju Arotimi, Calabar
No fewer than thirty (30) documented cases of child abuse were recorded in Cross River State between the months of January – June, 2017, according to human rights activist, James Ibor (Esq).
Ibor, who is the chairman of Calabar based network; Child Protection Organization, disclosed this on Tuesday, during an advocacy visit to the pioneer chairman, Cross River state Child Protection Commission (CPC), Chief Hon. Mrs. Theresa Ezama, in Calabar.
While expressing the group’s readiness to partner the CPC in the campaign against child abuses in the state, Ibor revealed that quite a number of startling cases had been recorded in the recent past.
He said no stone will be left unturned to ensure the protection of the rights of every child in Cross River, adding that this can only be achieved through strategic partnership with critical stakeholders.
“Ours is a network of child rights organizations, and not an NGO. Our members had been working tirelessly to protect child rights, and to document cases of abuse. The aim is to make the state fit for every child.
“I can boldly tell you that between January 2017, to date, we have documented over thirty (30) cases of child abuse. And, it is alarming that over 20 of the cases have to do with sexual assault. Her Excellency called me three days ago, and was lamenting about one of the cases.
“I will be very happy if there are more hands on board. The work is enormous, and no organization can do it alone; not even the government. We have to complement each other. We are ready to make available our data for your use”, he said.
In her response, the CPC chairman, Mrs. Theresa Ezama, described the visit as timely, and a heavy sigh of relief.
She commended the network for her good works over the years, saying the commission had no choice but to partner her in order to consolidate the achievements on ground, as well as make the state a better place for every child.
Mrs. Ezama said as God’s heritage, concerted efforts must always be made to protect the rights of every child in the state.
Ezama further said the commission had started sensitizing the citizenry against child abuses and other social vices, disclosing her plans to host stakeholders’ summit on child protection, in the state.
In a related development, Mr. James Ibor has decried the high number of children currently languishing in the prison facilities.
According to the legal practitioner, “Seventeen (17) children are currently languishing across prison facilities in the state.
However, before going to press, the controller of Nigerian Prisons Service in the state could not be reached, to confirm the development.