By Shola Akingboye – 20th November 2020
The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Tony Ojujwu Esq, has blamed internal crisis and inadequate financing on the falling standard of Child Rights protection and general well-being of children in some part of Nigeria.
The ES Human Rights said this as Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the 2020 edition of World Children’s Day (WCD).
According to a statement by the Commission’s Spokesperson, Fatima Agwai on Friday, Ojukwu recalled that WCD was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on 20 November annually to promote international unity, awareness among children of the world, and to advocate for children’s welfare. He noted posited thus:
“There has to be a child friendly budgeting and utmost commitment both at the federal and state government level to be able to adequately address the ever increasing spate of child’s rights violations”, Ojukwu stated.
The ES identifies insecurity in different parts of the country, particularly those occasioned by Boko Haram insurgents in the Northeastern part of the country, which Ojukwu noted has worsen various forms of human rights violations against the population of vulnerable children; he added that the plights of the Nigerian child is numerous, ranges from poor anti-natal/post-natal care, lack of birth registration, high percentage of out-of-school chidren, few opportunities for child’s health insurance, child labour/abuse, child marriage, traditional harmful practices, including female circumcision among several other challenges.
He revealed further that the Commission’s work in the North East and other parts of the country over the years, has shown that child’s rights protection has increasingly become more challenging in Nigeria. He said such calls for greater commitment by all stakehokders towards changing the narratives.
In view of the challenges, the Executive Secretary therefore called for the adoption of the Child’s Rights Act 2003 in the states that are yet to do so, adding that the adoption and implementation of this Act will surely make a difference.
Mr. Ojukwu restated that November 20 remains very significant for every member of the global community, being the same date in 1989 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).