Rukayat Akanbi, Bauchi
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has said that refusal of some state governments to domesticate Child Right Act is a bottleneck for the fight against trafficking in person in the country.
The Assistant Comptroller General, Zone C, Bauchi of the NIS, Abdulrasaq Dangiri said the country needs an institutional infrastructure and implementation of the law to win the fight.
NIS boss also noted that poverty, lack of knowledge and unemployment are contributing factors to the menace of child trafficking which it says many parents are forced to engage in.
He said this at a programme organised by Africa Meditators for Peace and Girl Education Advocacy Initiative (AMPAG-CEAI) to mark the world international day of peace in Bauchi over the weekend.
He noted that conscious efforts should be made by the government to enlighten the populace to appreciate the right of the child.
Abdulrasaq lamented that begging and hawking were another factors forms of exploitations which is he said is common in the Northern parts of the Country.
“In Northern Nigeria, many families send their children known as almajiri mostly from rural to urban centres to receive Koranic education from Islamic teachers. Some of these children receive lessons but teachers often force them to beg on the streets,” he said.
The Assistant Comptroller who advocated for more poverty eradication in the country, said “The government can do this by providing basic infrastructure needs. He said it would create small scale businesses which will in turn reduce poverty.”
The programme which was organised for schools and presentation on peace and unity.