Abduction: Minister advises states to review policies, improve security in schools

Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, has advised governments to review and improve security in schools to check kidnapping.

She gave advice on Wednesday during an event to commemorate Day of African Child with the theme “30 years after the adoption of the charter: Accelerate the implementation of Agenda 2040 an Africa fit children” in Abuja.

According to her, governments and security agencies should rededicate to Safe School declaration and ensure its practical implementation to protect children incessant attacks and disruption of education.

She said “endorsement of the safe school declaration is not sufficient as implementation of this project is critical to preventing and responding to attacks on education, including those targeted toward women and girls.

governments must also review their policy of rewarding bandits with and materials and rededicate such resource to improving security around schools”, she said.

The National Speaker of the Children’ Parliament, Maisara Abbas, also called on state governments to go beyond the domestication of the Child Rights Act and establish implementation measures that would guarantee the protection of children and punish violators of the act.

He said “you cannot adopt a without implementing it. Implementation is what matters.

“I, therefore, want to reiterate that state governors should please expedite action toward  implementing the Child Rights Act.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event featured two panel discussions on and securing the rights of the African child education.

Children panellists at the event stressed the need government and stakeholders to provide quality and accessible education children to identify and harness their potential the development of Africa.

Other highlights include a candle light procession in honour of the children that died in the 1976 protest in Soweto, South Africa, and Nigerian children that lost their lives in the course of their educational pursuit. (NAN)