Why We Need The Child Rights Act Now!
“We worry about what a child will be tomorrow..
Yet we forget that he is someone today”…
According to the Principal Legal Officer, National Human Rights Commission, Mrs. Inna Audu, 60 per cent of cases they’ve had to deal with in the last seven months have been child abuse related cases.
Unfortunately, cases of :-
Have become even more common because of the lack of a legal framework that can appropriately address such issues when they are brought before a competent court of law; which is rarely.
Similarly, the Child Desk Officer, Shehu Maiyaki, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, said the office often received a high number of child abuse cases daily, ranging from battery, rape to neglect.
The Kaduna State Ministry of Justice, has also described the rate of child abuse in the state as worrisome, adding that both male and female children are being sexually abuse every day by care givers, drivers, domestic staff and security men in our homes and in the streets.
In the light of this, the United Nations Children’s Fund has observed that the failure of any state to domesticate the Child Right Law (CRL) passed by the National Assembly in 2003 continues to seriously undermine the ongoing fight against child abuse! As a result, satisfactory results and little or insignificant.
The current laws being used in protecting the interest of the child in Kaduna state are obsolete! Anybody who wants to help a child or work towards the welfare of the child has the harrowing task of checking multiple laws.
It goes to say that having specific and targeted laws for child abuse related offenses will make more effective the results we seek! One comprehensive law, which is the CRL that contains the fundamental component of what it takes to safeguard the welfare of the child.
The law that has passed 2nd reading as is in the state house of assembly, will ensure a holistic delivery of the safety and welfare of every child in Kaduna state and also make easier the advocacy of system building, structures and service delivery.