A Non-Governmental Organisation, Child Protection Network, has urged parents and Islamic teachers to stop their children and pupils from participating in the fuel subsidy protests.

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It is common to see a child in the front passenger seat of a car without a seat belt on.

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Contrary to the tendency by adults in public and private affairs to think nothing of consulting children even when making decisions that directly affect them and generally relegating them to the back burner, a media event on children concludes that government should not only involve children in decision making, it should ensure that their needs are guaranteed in the national budget. Ruby Leo reports Although young people across Nigeria constitute more than 50% of the population, they continue to be denied the rights to participate in decisions that affect their well-being; they have been marginalized in all spheres of political and social setting.

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More than a million children in the Sahel region of West Africa are at risk of severe and life-threatening malnutrition over the coming year as a result of ongoing food shortages, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today, saying it requires an initial $65.7 million to respond to the crisis.

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The Cross River government has said that henceforth any child found roaming the streets or any public centre in the Calabar metropolis would be arrested.

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Thursday, 27 October 2011 11:21

NIGERIA: Teeth for Lagos Child’s Right Law

 

Government sets up committee to implement law and get Lagos kids off the streets

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Response to the needs of vulnerable children in Nigeria, especially in such vital areas as education, health, shelter and care, legal protection, food and nutrition, psychosocial support and household economic strengthening has been quit ineffective. This has made communities and households providing the safety net to these children live in perpetual struggle to cope with the high burden of care required by such vulnerable children.

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A 29-member committee, drawn from different professions has been inaugurated by the Lagos State Government in fulfillment of Section 281 of the Lagos State Child's Right Law, which prescribed the establishment of a committee to implement the law in the state.

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said that about 66m children are affected by disaster yearly.

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Executive Secretary, Primary Health care Development Board, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr Rilwanu Mohammed,  has advised parents to take the primary responsibility of educating their children on reproductive health.

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