State governments have been advised to review their policy of rewarding bandits with money and materials in the incidence of kidnapping and abduction of school children and rededicate such resources in improving security around schools and institutions of learning.
The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen made this known in Abuja in an event to commemorate the Day of the African Child with the theme, “30 years after the adoption of the charter: accelerate the implementation of Agenda 2040 for an Africa fit for children”
Dame Pauline Tallen also called on all State governments and security agencies to rededicate the Safe School declaration and ensure its practical implementation to protect children from incessant attacks and the disruption of their educational pursuit.
“Endorsement for the safe school declaration is not sufficient as the implementation of this project is very critical to prevent and respond to attacks on education including those targeted to women and girls. States must also review their policy of rewarding bandits with money and materials and rededicate such resource in improving security around schools” she said
The National Speaker of the Children’s Parliament, Honourable Maisara Abbas urged the state government to go beyond the domestication of the Child Rights Act and establish implementation measures that would guarantee the protection of children and punish violators of the act.
“You can’t adopt a law without implementing it. Implementation is what matters. I, therefore, reiterate to the state governors to please expedite their action in implementing the child rights activists across the states of Nigeria” He said
The event features two panel discussions on promoting the rights of the African Child through education and securing the future of the African child: the way forward in which the children panelist stressed the need for government and stakeholder to provide quality and accessible education for children to identify and harness their potential for the development of Africa.
The highlight of the event was a candlelight possession in honor of the children that died in the 1976 protest in Soweto South Africa and Nigerian Children that lost their lives in the course of their educational pursuit.