15 June 2021 by Abdullahi jalaluddeen
The United Nations Children’ Fund (UNICEF) has condemned, the incessant kidnappings of children in Kano state and other parts of Northern Nigeria.
Chief of UNICEF Field Office, Kano, Maulid Warfa stated this during a partnership and Network Strengthening Meeting with the Media in Kano.
He described kidnappings of children as heartbreaking and called for Government’s urgent intervention.
Mr Maulid Warfa who explained that the issue of kidnappings and child labour in northern Nigeria was worrisome, said UNICEF lacked the power to stop it, but would support government’s policies on child rights.
“We condemn in strongest terms, the incessant kidnappings of children and child labour in Kano state and northern Nigeria.
” In my life, i have never seen mass kidnappings of a number of children like this. We therefore, call on the government to urgently check the problem.
“UNICEF is not government. We don’t have the power, we don’t have the arms to stop kidnappings. We just support government’s policies. We can only support the victims of kidnappings and child labour, especially when they are traumatized, we can support them overcome that problem,” Warfa said.
Commenting on the issue of almajiris, Warfa described the issue as complicated and mutlifaceted.
He commended the Kano state government for its resolve to incorporate almajiris into the formal school system.
Warfa noted that UNICEF was working with the Kano State Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Education and Governor’s Office to make sure that children are integrated into the formal school system in the state.
” It is a long-term programme. It will indeed take time before it is modernized due to the fact that there is social, cultural, religious and financial issues.
“The same method is applied to child labour and child hawking. We are making efforts in collaboration with the state government to ensure these problems are mitigated.”
” We always go out to the authorities and policy makers in a bid to find lasting solutions to all problems bidevilling children,”