27 May 2021 By RemiJohnson
The Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has pledged the FCT Administration’s commitment to the welfare of children in the nation’s capital
Dr Aliyu stated this at a joint news conference organised by the FCT in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs in Abuja to mark the 2021 Children’s Day.
The minister who was represented by the Acting Director of FCTA, Social Development Secretarial, Dr Kelvin Ike said the FCT authority had made frantic efforts to protect children against COVID-19 by ensuring that all schools were operating according to stipulated COVID 19 guidelines.
Dr Aliyu also hinted that the FCT Administration also placed priority to the care of orphans and vulnerable children in the territory.
Aliyu also raised concerns over the increasing number of out of school children who had taken to street Hawking and begging.
“We are not relenting in our efforts to address the menace. FCT administration is not relenting in the struggle to eliminate the menace of street children…We are in the process of reconstituting the Child Rights Implementation Committee as provided in the Child Rights Act, 2003 towards that effect.”
She, therefore, appealed to parents, guardians, religious and traditional rulers, NGOs and concerned individuals to support the administration in the struggle to ensure that children are given upmost care.
Also the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, solicited the support of Governors and State Legislatures to push for the domestication of the Child Rights Act, 2003 and VAPP Act 2015.
Dame Tallen also used the medium to appeal to the media to scale up reportage on the need to stop child labour and abuses.