Wife of the state governor, Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi, says the high rate of child trafficking in the country is unacceptable
The wife of the Enugu State governor, Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi, has described as the high rate of child trafficking in the country as unacceptable.
Mrs. Ugwuanyi observed that despite government efforts to forestall the ugly situation, Nigerian children were still being sold away with reckless abandon. The victims are sold across its boarders to be used as domestic servants and sex slaves.
In an address on the occasion of a workshop/retreat for members of the State Committee Against Child Abduction and Trafficking, Mrs. Ugwuanyi regretted that the current upsurge of baby factories in Nigeria has also introduced a new dimension to the numerous cases of child abuse.
The governor’s wife called for a speedy passage of the child right law in the state to enhance the fight against child abuse and other vices against children. In an address, the State Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Development, Princess Peace Nnaji, noted that the event was a collaborative effort among the state government, UNICEF and other stakeholders.
She also called for a speedy passage of the child right law in the state to ameliorate the suffering of children. In a goodwill message, the Chief Field Officer of UNICEF in Enugu, Mr. Charles Nzuki represented by Mrs. Nkiru Maduemesi enjoined the Enugu state government to look at the child right act as passed by the Federal Government in 2003 and do same in the state without further delay.
He added that the child right act comprehensively codifies human right, child right and civil laws pertaining to children and modelled after global best practices.
Also speaking, the Speaker of the State Children’s Parliament, Miss Winifred Madubuko thanked the Enugu state government for her efforts to ensuring the passage of the child right act into law, regretting that it is only the state in the South East that has not passed same into law.
She expressed optimism that if it is passed into law that children of the state would stand anywhere to protect their right.
– Amah Baldwin, Enugu