National Council of Child’s Rights Advocate of Nigeria (NACCRAN) has called on the Nigerian Child to reject any form of social vices like early marriage, domestic violence and child trafficking.
The coordinator of NACCRAN, Mrs. Margaret Udoh was speaking at a sensitization campaign on Thursday in Abuja to mark this year’s African Child Day.
Mrs Udoh said cultural practices should be eliminated in a child’s up-bringing adding that, practices such as genital mutilation; child labour is endangering the future of Nigerian children.
She therefore called on the government to make the child rights act available online and on paper especially to parents, teachers and other child care givers.
She said: “We are advocating that a child rights act should be printed and distributed and sent around so that parents, teachers and every other stakeholder of children would have a look at it and know what is inside”
Also speaking at the campaign rally, a representative of Hausa Women Association under National Council of Women Society, Hajia Binta Abdullahi said children are leaders of tomorrow and should be treated as such.
Mr. David Oyaifo from Child Rights Bridge said the aim of the campaign was to bring to knowledge the right of a child adding that most children are not fully aware of their rights to education.
Nollywood actress Shan George, who narrated how she grew up in the streets but with determination she was able to scale through the hurdle of life advised children to strive for success.
The campaign team visited the Human Rights Commission and was received by Head of Monitoring Department, Mr, Harry Obe who on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the department Prof. Ben Angwe, said: Human Rights Commission has been and will remain a very strong advocate in promoting and protecting child’s rights.
African Child Day is marked on June 16 every year. This year’s theme is “Eliminating Harmful Social and Cultural Practices Affecting Children: Our Collective responsibility”.