17th October, 2011
Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, has inaugurated a Committee on the implementation of Child`s Rights Law, saying the purpose of the law is to stem cases of child abuse in the state.
According to her, before the passage of the law, there were rampant cases of child abuse in the state. This, she said, informed the signing of the bill into law. She enjoined members of the committee to keep the issue of child`s rights in the public domain through enlightenment and sensitisation.
Adefulire urged the committee to see the assignment as a furtherance of the state governmentâ€™s sensitisation campaign through the use of Yellow Card to draw parents and public attention to the children`s rights.
She explained that the Yellow Card has been simplified and made available at the grassroots for parents and children awareness.
Orelope-Adefulire assured members of the public of government’s readiness to implement the law and protect children`s rights in the state, saying that the government had demonstrated this through the provision of 176-bed space for children of victims of domestic violence just as it had built Home and Clinics for Physically Challenged Children.
The deputy governor, however, lamented that government could not shoulder this responsibility alone, and urged the public and Non-Government Organisations, NGOs, to team up with the government in this direction. She admonished parents to take care of their children to make them become responsible adults in the society.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Risikat Akiyode, said the inauguration of the committee was in fulfilment of section 248 of Child`s Right Law that became operational in Lagos State in May 2007. She expressed confidence in the ability of the committee to discharge its duties diligently and responsibly for the sake of children.
Members of the Committee were drawn from various professional groups, religious organisations, market women, prisons, NGOs, government ministries and extra ministerial departments.