Children in Borno have advocated for the abolishment of all harmful practices in the society affecting the growth and development of children’s rights as enshrined in the Child Right Act signed into law in the state.
The children urged the government and non-governmental organisations to campaign against all forms of abuse of children such as child labour, child marriage and street begging amongst others.
The speaker of the Borno Children Parliament, Ibrahim Zanna Sunoma, spoke on behalf of Borno children at an event organised to mark the Day of the African Child 2022 in Maiduguri by an international organisation, Save The Children.
This year’s theme is, “Eliminating harmful practices affecting children: Progress on policy and practice since 2013.”
Sunoma commended the state governor for signing the Child Right Act into law while urging the government and partners to intensify awareness of the Borno Child Protection Law and the consequences of early marriage.
Acting Coordinator, Advocacy and Campaign of the organisation, Waziri Mohammed, said the organisation would continue to support children in participating in decision-making on children’s affairs until all children learn, survive and are protected.
“To help prevent abuse, there should be stronger laws against sexual abuse targeted at children and rehabilitation should be provided for affected children and ensure the reporting of cases of abuse.
“Government and partners should speed up the implementation of the Child Rights Law (CRV) and the VAPP Law, which will prevent harmful practices in the state,” Mohammed said.