Buhari calls out Governors, Stakeholders to tackle Out of School Children menace

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By Joyce Remi-Babayeju

As children in Nigeria celebrate the 2022 Children ‘s Day President Muhammadu Buhari has used the occasion to call out Governors and other stakeholders to collectively tackle the menace of out of school children in the country.

Buhari made this call in Abuja yesterday during the Celebration and March past parade, as he noted it is worrisome to have some Children still very vulnerable and roaming the streets.

The President who was represented by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, further urged State Governors to work towards the domestication and effective implementation of the Child Rights Act, 2003.

He has also urged Ministries, Departments and Agencies, even  teachers, and all stakeholders to make more commitment towards the protection of Children, while resisting any practice that have been proven to be harmful to them. 

He said, ” I call on all States to domesticate and effectively implement the Child Rights Act, 2003 and  the VAPP Act, 2015; remove our children  from  the streets and enroll them  in schools (both formal and informal); end harmful social norms and practices against children;  put a framework in place to ensure children access justice both as victims and as offenders and improve birth registration which is critical for national planning and governance functions as well as  serves as a foundation for achieving progress in child protection and the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals.”

” I urge all Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Civil Society Organizations, non-governmental organizations, faith-based organizations, international partners, religious leaders, traditional leaders, the media, the private sectors, the teachers and most importantly parents to collectively renew our commitment to protect our children from all forms of violence in our homes, in schools, parks, child care centers, worship places and everywhere our children may be.”
“We must be proactive and leverage on the legal frameworks and policy instruments that are designed for the safety of children. We must adopt and implement laws and policies that prevent violence against our children, create a safe and protective environment for children, change our perceptions of violence and redouble our efforts to hold perpetrators accountable and provide justice to victims of violence.

The President also implored foreign partners to support government’s polices and programmes that promote children’s welfare and development.

He added, ” I invite Donor Agencies and Implementing Partners across the Country to support Government’s efforts to strengthen capacities of  key stakeholders including psychosocial support services for children, social welfare and child friendly justice services that prevent and respond to violence against children, strengthen parental and caregiver support approaches, support the development, coordination and implementation of an inter-sectoral intervention programmes  such as the national multi sectoral plan of Action on Nutrition .”

Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline  Tallen said government was giving serious attention to issues that affect women and children, as a measure to fortifying the family.

Tallen who was represented by a Director in the Ministry, Idris Mohammed, also urged all stakeholders to fight vigorously against all forms of injustice that affect the Women and children.


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