Nigeria: UNICEF lauds Niger authorities for establishing child right protection agency
By Mohammad Ibrahim
Nov 19, Abuja: United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Chief of Field Office Kaduna Utpal Moitra has lauded the effort of Niger State Government North Central Nigeria for establishing a Child Right Protection Agency to protect right of children in the state.
He gave the commendation during the Annual Review of 2016 of Niger Work Plan in Kaduna on Friday.According to him, the established agency would serve as advocacy voice for protection of children in the state and help them to meet their basic needs and reach their potential.
Moitra pointed out hat the agency will enhance children protection against violence that causes physical and emotional harm to the growth and development of the child.He added that UNICEF would assist Niger government by linking it with Federal Government to receive support from its country office to develop the agency.
“We commend Niger for being the first state in the North central to establish a Child Right Agency. UNICEF will give it maximum support to accelerate the realisation of children’s right in the state," he said.
A UK based Non Governmental Organization Voluntary Service Overseas was quoted in the media to have said Nigerian Children face threats including rape, denial of education, child marriage and trafficking, in a state that failed to pass child rights legislation introduced by the national government well over a decade ago.
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