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FG Reviews Lagos Child Rights Law

The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs has embarked on an environmental impact assessment to review its report on the Child Rights Law in Lagos State.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, according to a statement on Monday, stated this during a meeting held with state directors of child development in Lagos to finalise the report drafted by Geo-Kody Environmental Services for six South-West states.

Tallen, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Girl Child Development, Mr Musa Musa, noted that the meeting was organised to document intervention activities carried out to promote the protection and participation rights of children in Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, Ondo, Osun and Oyo State who have passed the Child Rights Law.

She said, “I want to use this platform to sincerely appreciate the six states in the South-West geopolitical region for not only passing the CRL but also establishing family courts and other structures for effective implementation of the law in the best interest of the child.

“I urge participants to critique and review the draft report for the quality development of the final document which will form part of data and the national report that will be harmonised by the National Child Rights Implementation Committee.”

She added that Nigeria is obliged to take all legislative and administrative measures required for the implementation of the CRL.

“Nigeria, as a member of the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child since March 21, 1991 also signed and ratified the African Union Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child in 2001, and as a state party to the UN, Nigeria is obliged to take all legislative and administrative measures required for its implementation.

“Consequently, Nigeria is legally bound to develop periodic reports on the Implementation of the UNCRC including the AU charter and defend it before the committee of experts in Geneva and Addis Ababa,” she said.

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