The Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development has launched a data base for orphans and vulnerable children in the country.

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International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has denounced the alarming level of child labour and anti-trade union violence in Nigeria.

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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 06:35

NIGERIA: Polio Still Crippling Children

 

Through no fault of her own, baby Zarau Audu may not be able to walk normally when she grows up. Unlike most of her peers, at 11 months old, she already faces the daunting prospect of being physically challenged throughout life. If she were able to speak, certainly she would not have kind words for her mother, who by her actions or rather, lack of action, has placed her in this precarious position.

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Federal Ministry of Women Affair yesterday grieved over the poor implementation of the Childs Right Act in some states of the Federation adding that it is disheartening to observe that it is only about 22 states have so far passed the Act into law.

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The West Africa Network for the Protection of Children, recently held a press conference at the CEDAG office along Garba Jahumpa Road in Bakau.

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The June 1 letter from the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, asking President Goodluck Jonathan to obey the ECOWAS Court of Justice ruling that makes education of the Nigerian child a right, it is the latest effort in the new direction the quest for social justice is taking.

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Except the challenge of sub-optimal nutrition among infants and other unmet health problems confronting Nigerian children are adequately tackled, the country may not advance further towards attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on health.

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As Nigerian children celebrated the 2011 Children's Day, yesterday, Paediatric Association of Nigeria (PAN) has called on the government to establish a National Nutrition Agency to cater for the nutrition needs of children.

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Visiting health workers in Ethiopia today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spotlighted the progress made in improving the health of women and children, while also stressing the need to do more to avoid needless deaths.

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President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday gave indication of a new-look federal ministry of Education saying he is considering a separation of pre- and tertiary education as different job schedules for the two ministers handling the ministry.

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