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AFFIRMING THE CHILD RIGHTS IN NIGERIA
- Published on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 15:00
- Written by fidaadm
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the first legally binding International instrument to incorporate the full range of Human Rights,civil,cultural,economic,political and social Rights.these Rights were agreed upon by world Leaders at the United Nations General Assembly gathering in 1989 who realised that Children needed a special Convention just for them because people under 18yrs old often require special care and protection that adults do not.The Leaders also wanted to make sure that the world recognised that Children have Human Rights too.
These Rights are set out in 54 articles of the convention with the provision of two optional protcols that highlight the basic Human Rights everywhere that Children have encompassing the Right to Life,development to the fullest,protection from harmful influences,abuse and exploitation,and to participate fully in family,cultural and social life.every Right spelled out in the convention is inherent to the human dignity and harmonious development of every child ascribing to four core and cardinal principles of the convention which are: non-discrimination, devotion to the best interest of the child,the Right to Life,survival and development, and respect for the views of the Child.
Borrowing a leaf from this,the OAU Assembly of Heads of State and Government adopted the African Union Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (CRCW) in July 1990.Nigeria signed both instruments and ratified them in 1991 and 2000 respectively thus leading to the domestication of the UN convention on the Rights of the Child with the Child Rights Act (2003).
Sadly though, there has been a declining trend with regards to its adoption and implementation.only a handful of states in the country have adopted and implemented the provisions of this act and recorded significant improvement on child development. Children as Leaders of tomorrow deserve to be protected, guaranteed and accorded their full Rights in the society today.only when this is done would every Nigerian childs potential be developed,realised and impact felt.FIDA Nigeria is making a clarion call to every State Government in the Country ensure the full implementation of the Rights of the Nigerian Child under this act as a matter of urgency to help protect and sustain a better society today and in the future.