Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Children's Day: C'River to include punitive measures against perpetrators of child abuse




As violence against children continues to raise its ugly head in Cross River State, with uncountable numbers of children subjected through various forms and degrees of violence, despite the passage into law of the Child Rights Act by the Cross River State House of Assembly on the 26th May 2009, the newly appointed Special Adviser to the governor on gender, Blessing Ekpo has reaffirmed government's commitment to ensure punitive measures are meted on offenders of these laws. TDN can authoritatively report.



Ekpo, made this known in a felicitation message to Cross Riverians to mark this year's united Nation children's Day. The SA noted that the future of the nation rest on children and as such they need to be raised responsibly. She therefore, called on parent to live up their responsibility and apply good parenting skill in child raising. 

"Our children are precious gifts and the future of this country rest solely on them. Parents should therefore own up to their responsibilities as parents and strive to ensure good parenting and as well evaluate their parent-child relationship  as this will help the children head in the right direction." She said.



While condemning, the alarming rate child based violence as well as child lab our and sexual abuse, the proactive gender aide to governor Ayade called on security operatives and law enforcement agencies in the state to ensure perpetrators are brought to books and the full wrath of the laws must have its course. Emphasizing that her office will partner with relevant agencies both community based and government bodies to ensure the evil monster is fought to a stand still in Cross River state. 




Her message reads in full; 

CHILDREN'S DAY CHILDREN'S DAY CELEBRATION

In commemoration of Children's Day celebration, the Special Assistant to the Cross River State Governor on Gender And Development has assured that government will continue to ensure that drastic responses and punitive measures are meted out on perpetrators of Sexual, Gender-Based Violence and Child Labour amidst the pandemic and beyond.

Traditionally, May 27 is set aside as Children's Day in Nigeria. The day was first Established by the United Nations in 1964 and has since remained significant in the lives of children globally. As Special Assistant to the Governor on Gender and Development, i am particularly saddened by the unfortunate happenings around our children. hence, the need to step up the campaign against Gender-based violence and child abuse in our society. To say that there is increase in cases of Sexual abuses, Gender-based violence and child labour is to say the least and this is worrisome.

Further more, i want to implore the law enforcement agencies to be more proactive in tackling issues of sexual abuses on women and children rather than being reactive. Let me also use this medium to admonish the general public to desist from acts capable of infringing on the rights of the Nigerian child with special emphasis on the girl child.

The Government of Cross River State under the proactive leadership of His Excellency, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade, The Executive Governor of Cross River State and his dear wife Dr. Mrs Linda Ayade, The Amiable First Lady of Cross River State has vowed not to rest but will ensure that henceforth, culprits are brought to book. 

Also, Law enforcement agencies would not be quick to release perpetrators as such cases will be taken to court because doing so  encourages them to continue to perpetrate the act with the mindset of "he can always get away with what he did". As a government, we are poised to stop at nothing until justice is served.

I totally condemn the increasing rate of violence, child labour and sexual abuses on children and call for all hands to be on deck so we can easily deal with this dangerous monster ravaging the lives of the girl and boy child alike, as it encompasses both sexes . 

Finally, I want to appeal to parents and guardians to take proper care of their children as not doing so will lead them astray, ultimately leaving the brunt of their negligence on the society to bear.  

Our children are precious and the future of this country rest solely on them. Parents should therefore own up to their responsibilities as parents and strive to ensure good parenting and as well evaluate their parent-child relationship  as this will help the children head in the right direction. 

HAPPY CHILDREN'S DAY CELEBRATION TO ALL OUR CHILDREN IN CROSS RIVER STATE AND NIGERIA.



Signed:
Comr. Blessing J. Ekpo
SA To The Cross River State Governor On Gender And Development


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