Such legislation is in addition to the existing Child Right Act of 2003 to ensurethat basic rights of children including compulsory education, right to health care and security are guaranteed, Senator Mark stated.
Senator Mark was speaking at a farewell church service for the 2013 Ugandan pilgrims at the St. Mulumba Catholic Chaplaincy, Apo, Abuja yesterday.
He noted that children are the future of Nigeria and therefore should be nurtured and be well guided.
Senator Mark advised the Nigerian child to be focused and be prepared for the leadership role just as he told parents and guardians to monitor their wards in order not to deviate from the path of honour.
To the pilgrims, Senator Mark reminded them of the need to pray for Nigeria in distress, saying “it is no longer news that Nigeria is passing through difficult times. We need prayers more than ever before to overcome these challenges.
“We need to remember Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States under the state of emergency proclamation. Pray for our brothers and sisters in those States and for the quick restoration of peace and normalcy.
He counseled the pilgrims to go to the religious journey as a team, be good ambassadors of the church and the nation.
Senator Mark also implored them not to see the pilgrimage as a jamboree or going there for shopping spree in order not to lose the essence of the religious obligation.
Earlier, in a sermon, Catholic Priest of the Chaplaincy, Rev. Father Innocent Jooji told the pilgrims to be of good conduct and shun any act that are likely to embarrass the country.