…Pushes for domestication of Child Rights Act in 13 states
…Says, ‘one million malnourished children, pregnant women die yearly’
From FRED ITUA, Abuja
The Senate, on Thursday, called on the Federal Government to rehabilitate rescued Chibok school girls, through the provision of adequate welfare, education and health services, while intensifying efforts to rescue the remaining girls who are still in captivity.
The Senate made the appeal following the adoption of a motion sponsored by Sen. Binta Masi Garba, tagged “2017 Children’s Day Celebration”. The motion was however presented by Sen. Biodun Olujimi, in the absence of Sen. Garba.
The Senate, while emphasising on the need to secure a better future for Nigerian children, mandated its committee on Women Affairs to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to domesticate the Child Rights Act in the thirteen states that are yet to enact it.
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, in his remarks, urged Nigerians to always protect the rights of the Nigerian child. He said as leaders, nothing is too big to sacrifice in ensuring that the future of the Nigerian child is secured.
He said: “There is no gain saying that the children are the future leaders of this country. I want to state that nothing is too big to give to ensure that the Nigerian child is protected. I wish every Nigerian child a happy celebration.
“We will ensure that the remaining states yet to domesticate the Child Right Act do so. During oversight, our committees must ensure that the relevant agencies implement programmes earmarked for the Nigerian child.”
In the motion, presented by Senator Olujimi, the Senate claimed that the infant mortality rate in Nigeria has risen to one million deaths per annum as a result of poor nutrition and inadequate medical facilities.
The upper chamber noted that, despite the exemption granted to all pregnant women, the elderly and disabled under the National Health Act of 2014, this is not obtainable in practice, as children and pregnant women still pay for medical services in public hospitals.
The Senate, further observed, without quoting any source, that 70 per cent of the people in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps are women and children who have been rendered orphans and widows.
“The significant role of the Nigerian child in the nation’s development and the need to lay a good foundation and secure their future through the domestication and implementation of the Child Right Act, 2003, in every state of the federation.
“A proper system of education and good health care are indispensable in making the Nigerian child relevant in the global scheme of things,” the motion, presented by Sen. Olujimi further read.