CHILDREN'S DAY: PROTECTING RIGHTS OF NIGERIAN CHILD
Nigeria has number of children out of school
There are frequent talks of how to make the lives of the Nigerian children better every year on May 27. This year is also devoted to that. All across the country there are events designed to honor the 'future of tomorrow' as many Nigerians see the little ones.
The 2019 Children's day is focused on domesticating, enforcing global plan to protect Nigerian children from abuse. UNICEF is taking on an integral part by launching a campaign 'For every child, every right' today, being the 27th of May.
UNICEF published a statement regarding the challenges faced by the average Nigerian child and it reads thus: “While there have been many advances over the last years, children in Nigeria are still not accessing health, nutrition, education and other rights to the extent that they must,” said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF’s new Country Representative in Nigeria, who took up his post today. “Sadly, it is the most disadvantaged children who are suffering the greatest challenge in having their rights fulfilled.”
On 99.3 Nigeria Info, Morning Crossfire examines how the rights of Nigerian children could be protected. Wemimo Adewuni, Sherif Quadry, and Rotimi Sankore had a part in the discussion.
It is important for more and more Nigerians to know about the rights of children across country and honor these rights. Media Houses in Nigeria are urging that more efforts be thrown on enforcing these rights, as the country's children suffer from several angles. One of the biggest challenges to Nigerian populace right now is that Nigeria has the highest number of out-of-school children. The country also possesses high rate of violence directed on children, high child or infant mortality rate.
Commentators and analysts are of the opinion that these children should be helped to be a part in Nigeria's development but they cannot do that when they are out of school. On Morning Crossfire, children were encourgaged to listen to the show and get involved by calling in.