Wednesday, 06 June 2012 07:38

NIGERIA: Children's Rape On the Increase - WOTCLEF


The Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) has said the issue of rape and incest among children is on the increase and only proper implementation of the Child Right Act can effectively curtail the menace of child abuse.

Speaking in Abuja at a rally organised by the foundation to create awareness on child trafficking, abuse and labour, WOTCLEF Programme Officer, Ruth Haruna, said children are being abused daily, adding that the foundation was working tirelessly to bring an end to the trend.

Haruna also said despite the enactment of the Child Right Act since 2003, lack of proper implementation and enforcement had allowed the menace to continue.

She said a lot of law enforcement agencies that are supposed to be enforcing these laws are not aware of the provision of the law.

"We are telling adults, enough of the silence. Let us break the silence and report cases of abuse. When a child is abused, such cases should be reported to WOTCLEF or the police," she added.

"The Child Right Act was enacted in 2003, but as we speak, only 24 states have domesticated it. The problem with Nigeria is that you have a lot of legislation, but enforcement and implementation is the problem.

"A lot of law enforcement agencies that are supposed to be enforcing this law are not aware of the provision of the law. So, how will our children be protected?"

She said based on the Child Right Act, every child has a right to education, to survival, to life, to leisure, to recreational activities and to develop mentally and emotionally without any form of harm.

Also speaking, the National Coordinator of WOTCLEF, Veronica Umaru, blamed the rising cases of child abuse on poverty, greed and lack of government seriousness to put an end to the menace.

She said: "Because of the level of poverty, parents are willing to give their children out. Secondly, some parents are just greedy.

They do not think before they give out their children."

Source: Leadership (Abuja, Nigeria)

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