ABUJA: THE Lagos State Government has reiterated its commitment to the protection of children’s rights.
The administration urged parents and caregivers to safeguard the minors against all forms of abuse and violence.
The State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaye, made the call in his address at this year’s World Human Rights Day celebration.
He re-affirmed the state’s readiness to continue to uphold the rights of every Lagosian, including that of children.
Ipaye recalled that as far back as 2007, the state had seen the need to address and protect the needs of children which culminated in the passage of the Child Rights Law of Lagos State 2007.
He stressed the law was to safeguard the welfare of a child and eradicate various forms of abuse on children in the society.
“Prior to the enactment of the Law, the issue of abuse and domestic violence against children was perpetually on the back burner of public policy, but with the promulgation of the Law, the issue has been brought to consciousness of Nigerians,” Ipaye said.
He explained that the theme of this year’s celebration “The Rights of the Child” was a call for involvement of an all-inclusive legal and socio-economic framework to cater for the welfare and well-being of our children.
He said efforts by the state to ensure that every child’s rights are protected and given equal opportunity included the establishment of a home and clinic for the physically challenged children, the setting up of a Domestic Violence Response Team to provide supports to victims of abuse and signing of an Executive Order that establishes a sex offender register as well as the compulsory reporting of suspected and actual child abuse cases.
Ipaye said the success of the law and other policies of government, however, depended largely on the cooperation of every member of the society.
He enjoined stakeholders to partner with the government in ensuring that the rights of the children were safeguarded.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY