20 January 2021 By Julian Osamoto
Save the Children International, SCI wants a continuous advocacy from Stakeholders for full implementation of the Child Rights Act, to promote education for all children and end cases of early marriages in Nigeria.
The Director, Advocacy and Campaigns, Amanuel Mami explained during a Five day Media workshop in Kano State, that empowering the girl child with education enables them to speak out against certain infringements on their rights.
Represented by the Advocacy and policy Manager for SCI, Mrs Hope Oduma, the Director expressed regret that since the passage of the CRA in 2003 eleven States such as Kebbi, Kano, Gombe, Kastina, were yet to domesticate the Act.
She said “It’s painful that 54% of Nigeria’s over 13.2 million children, aged 5-14 that do not go to school are girls, Poor and marginalized girls are mostly affected with inhibitory factors that worsen their chances of entering and completing school. These facts highlight a scandalous denial of human rights”
Also “The National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS,2018), said child marriage is one of the major impediments to sustainable development and realization of human rights and In the Northeast of Nigeria, 24.5% of girls marry at age 15 while 27.1% of girls at above 15. Generally, 23.0% of women marry before their 18th birthday with the associated morbidity and mortality from the complications of early child bearing which increasingly reduces their chances of escaping poverty”
On his part, the Community Engagement and Advocacy Coordinator for Gombe State, Mr Akpan Effiong, who identified lack of political will, under reportage, religion and cultural beliefs as some of the impediments to CRA implementation in some States, called for increased advocacy at all levels to address all bottlenecks.
Presenting a paper on safety and security tips in news reportage, the Safety and Security Officer of the organization, Mr Vitalis Okereke, emphasized that journalists needed modern equipment such as recording pen, invisible cameras and regular security training on how to mitigate risk in threat prone areas.
Highlight of the workshop was a call on Nigerians to Champion programs that supports girl child education, shun early marriages, genital Mutilation and report every rape case to the appropriate authority for a healthy environment.