‘Child Rights Act not domesticated in 10 northern states’

‘Child Rights Act not domesticated in 10 northern states’

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has lamented the non-domestication of Child Rights Act in 10 northern states.

He spoke on Tuesday in Abuha at a two-day Northern traditional and religious leaders summit on ending Gender-Based Violence and harmful practices, organised by the Sultan Foundation for Peace and Development  in Abuja in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund.

The forum agreed that violence against women and girls must stop in Nigeria for the country to make progress.

Other dignitaries at the event included the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar; President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Samson Ayokunle; and the United Nations Deputy Secretary General, Hajiya Amina Mohammed.

Osinbajo, represented by the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen, said, “For the Child’s Rights Act, I am so pained that 10 states in the North that are yet to domesticate it. Same goes for the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act. Only three states in the North-East and North-East regions have domesticated the Child’s Right Act.

“I want to use this opportunity to commend the governor of Kaduna State; apart from domesticating the laws also amended the VAPP Act to deal with offenders. It is high time we moved to action. We cannot keep talking without action.”

The Sultan of Sokoto stressed the need for the government to go beyond the enactment of laws and strengthen awareness around GBV.

He said, “Everyone should understand that violence against women and girls is unacceptable and will no longer be tolerated.”

Ayokunle said, “The abuse of the girl child and the vulnerable must no longer continue in our own time. All forms of Gender-Based Violence are appalling in the 21st century. We should all rise up together to eradicate them. Our society will be better through our collective action in this direction.”

The UN Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed, lamented that around the world, one out of every three women experience Gender-Based Violence in their lifetime.

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