The Minister of Women Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen said efforts were in place to fully implement policies that will protect the rights of children and ensure perpetrators of any form of abuse are dealt with according to the law.
She made this known while commemorating the Universal Day of the Child, with a theme, “Unite to Reverse the Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on Children” at the School for Gifted, Gwagwalada in Abuja.
Dame Pauline Tallen represented by Deputy Director child Development Department, Mr. Andrew Madugu said the COVID-19 pandemic had impacted negatively on children, especially orphans and vulnerable children, with an increase In abuse, exploitation, diseases, hunger and discrimination.
According to her this year’s celebration was intended to generate discourse around these issues at all levels on the way forward to ensure that children any where in this Country were safe, protected and enjoy their rights.
” It is also to ensure that perpetrators of this evil act on our innocent children are brought to book to serve as a deterrent to others,” she said.
The Deputy Director, Gender Affairs, FCT Education Secretariat, Hajiya Hadiza Ingawa advised the students to continue to strive towards succeeding in their academic pursuits, as well as inculcate good morals and hygiene.
The representivr United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA), Dr. Sampson Ezikeanyi while decrying the effects of the pandemic, especially on children reiterated the organisation’s commitment towards improving access to health services.
The Principal of the school, Mr. Samuel Okpe expressed appreciation to the government for their support towards improving access to quality education for the students and gave the assurance that the students and management will continue to maintain the COVID-19 protocol, which will aide in eliminating the pandemic in totality.
Miss Becky Ndubuisi, who spoke on behalf of the students expressed appreciation to the government and other stakeholders for various intervention, adding that they will continue to adhere to the COVID-19 protocol.
Other highlights of the event was the distribution of writing and sanitary materials to the students.
Reporting by Azizaatu Sani, Editing by Tola Oguneye