Judge urges states to domesticate child rights law


A Judge of the Federal High Court Ado Ekiti, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, yesterday urged all the 36 States of the federation to domesticate Child Rights Law to safeguard the future of the country. He bemoaned some states for foot-dragging on the domestication and implementation of the law that stipulates stiffer punishment for the child abusers. Justice Taiwo regretted that only 24 out of the 36 states of the federation has adopted the law with Lagos coming first, lamenting that some states that had domesticated same were also not thorough with implementation.

Delivering a lecture entitled: ‘Implementation of child protection Laws; the Role of Stakeholders’ at a ceremony marking the 2016 edition of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in Ekiti State, Justice Taiwo also alluded to obnoxious tradition and cultural practices as two main impediments that are restricting the rights of children in Nigerian society.

He said with the condition of children in the country that concerted efforts must be made to tackle the menace of degradation, molestation, and abuses against children to safeguard the future of the country. The jurist said: “The impact of online usage should not be lost on us.
Children are targets of prostitution online, pornography online, child abuse online and other negative effects of information dissemination through the Internet. FIDA’s National President, Mrs. Inime Agunma and the chairperson of the body in Ekiti, Rita Ilevbare, assured that the organization will continue to work for the promulgation of laws that would tackle abuses against children and women in the country. Ilevbare commended the Ekiti state government for raising the bar on administration of the child Justice system in the state through the domestication and implementation of child rights law.


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