Nigerian women Journalists task Security Agencies on child Right Acts
By Mohammad Ibrahim
March 9, Abuja:Nigeria Association of Women Journalists ( NAWOJ ) challenged the security agencies to rise up to their constitutional responsibilities particularly as it affects child Right act in the country.
In a press statement jointly signed by NAWOJ National President Ifeyinwa Omowole and National Secretary Ladi Patrick was sequel to recent abduction of 14 year-old Ese Oruru from Bayelsa and another abduction of three primary school pupils in Lagos State.
"There is an urgent need for management of security agencies to train their men to understand the dictates of the constitution, Child Rights Act and what amounts to infringement of the fundamental rights.
"Security Agencies must know who a minor is and what the law says about minors in Nigeria. The security agencies and the judiciary should ensure accelerated prosecution and punishment to serve as deterrent to all abductors of girls, teenagers," the statement reads.
NAWOJ equally call on the Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, to remember her call in 2015 on all Nigerian states to adopt and implement the Child Rights Act in their states.
"We call on you, wife of the President, to use your good office to push for the adoption of the Act, so that the abuse of the girl-child will be checked: these children are mothers of tomorrow.
"NAWOJ also calls on the wives of the 36 state governors, especially states yet to adopt the Act to encourage their husbands to do so: it is our duty as mothers and fathers to protect our children and nurture them safely to adulthood" the statement added.
"Also security agencies and school owners should ensure that schools are well secured to forestal the reoccurrence of the abduction of three female students of Barbinton Macaulay School in Lagos, where three female students were abducted.
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