Story By: Christopher Sarah
Abuse they say is the improper usage or treatment of an entity, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefits. Nigerian government needs to set up an appropriate institutions and strategies to address this rising cases of abuse towards minors by parent or guardian.
Mr Tunde Adigun is an “Agbero” Touts in a well known bus stop in Lagos State. He forcefully collects money from commercial drivers to make ends meet.
This man here has two children; a boy and a girl, who comes to stay with him every day after school.
Touts in Lagos are known for drinking and smoking. This children stays with their father and his colleagues at the bus stop, listens to them talking and also watches him smoke exposes them to bad habit in the future.
Although smoking is bad for their health but African don’t see it this way thereby exposing their kids to the hazard of the society. There is a high tendency that these kids will grow up to become smokers if care and precautions is not taken to stop them.
The Child’s Right Act 2003, passed by the National Assembly in 2003 and assented to by the then President; Chief Olusegun Obasanjo contains an amount of provisions aimed at preventing the abuse of children.
The act is a follow-up to the convention on the right of the child which the United Nations General Assembly adopted on November 20, 1989 and the African Union charter on the rights and welfare of the child, which the AU Assembly of Heads of States and Government adopted in July 1990.
Nigerian Government has signed both instruments and rectified them in 1991 and 2000 respectively.
The Child’s Rights Act basically provides among others, every child is entitled to respect for the dignity of his person and accordingly, no child shall be subjected to physical, mental or emotional injury, abuse, neglect or maltreatment.
I implore the Lagos State Government to take up these issues and appropriately punish any parent and guardian that is seen violating the rights of a Nigerian child.
The world should be a better place for our children to live in and their right must be respected and protected.