Non-Implementation Of Child Right Law Responsible For Abuse Cases – Stakeholders

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The high occurrence of child abuse in different communities in Enugu State has been attributed by stakeholders working to defend women’s and children’s rights to the state’s failure to enforce its child rights laws.

During a stakeholders consultative forum convened in Enugu to consider and adopt strategies for the full implementation of the state of Enugu’s child’s rights law, the group made this information known.

The European Union-funded and British Council-implemented Agents for Citizens-Driven Transformation Programme and WACOL collaborated to organize the event.

The group in a communique issued at the end of a two-day workshop mapped out strategies to tackle child and women abuse in the state.

The strategies include, “Creation of family court in Enugu State.

“That any case involving a minor should be handled in camera by a special court with trained judicial officers and lawyers to allow the child be protected and not subjected to the usual rigors of trials in court.

“There is need for high level advocacy to discuss the incidence of reported cases of child abuses in Enugu State.

“The relevant ministries should liaise with Development Strategy Centre {DSC} and its consortium members to disseminate EU-ACT funded research findings to enable implementation by the government.

“Stakeholders must use every opportunity given to create awareness of the Child’s Right Law of Enugu state as a legal tool to protect children.

“Punishment meted to children must be commensurate to the offence, age and gender.

We will not negotiate with criminals, at all times we must allow the law takes its due course.

“Parents and guardians should not cover up evil.

“Customs and traditions that promote child abuse must be abolished.

“There must be strengthened partnership among stakeholders in tackling the issue of Child abuse in Enugu State.

“They must come together to ensure the removal of all road blocks in the effective implementation of the Childs Right Law of Enugu state.

“In all dealings and engagement with children, they should be listened to and their best interest should be paramount.

“The Ministry of Gender affairs and the Attorney General and commissioner of Justice should jointly propose an executive memorandum to the State Executive Council on the outcome of the research findings of Development Strategy Centre with the objective of implementing the policy outcome.

“Establishment and renovation of State borstal institution and Remand homes where the minor offender’s should b for reformation.”

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