A member of Osun House of Assembly, Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, has called on government at all levels to put in place measures that would restore and protect the dignity of vulnerable children in the country.
Oyintiloye (APC-Obokun) made the call on Sunday in Osogbo in a statement to commemorate 2019 Children’s Day celebration.
The lawmaker said that May 27, which is the day, set aside every year to celebrate children, was not only special but should be used to celebrate them and reflect on their vulnerability.
Oyintiloye also called for the domestication of the Child Act Law, which he said would further protect the rights of vulnerable children, especially in their exclusive right to education as enshrined in Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
According to him, Articles 13 & 14 of the International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Right in UNESCO’s convention is against discrimination in education.
He said the Convention on the Right of the Child adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1989 and ratified by 192 countries including Nigeria should also be domesticated.
The lawmaker further called for stiffer penalties against those he described as ‘predators’ who indulge in abuse of children in all forms.
Accoording to him, the statistics of UNICEF, which indicates 10.5million Nigerian children are out of school, is not only upsetting, but calls for urgent action by parents, government as well as non-governmental organisations.
While reiterating his commitment to the protection of the rights of the child in his capacity as lawmaker and stakeholder in the Nigerian project, Oyintiloye urged government of all levels and well-meaning Nigerians to do more in taking care of the needs of vulnerable children.
“I hereby wish children all over the globe happy celebration,” the lawmaker said.