The Lagos State Government on Monday said processes are in place for the review of the state’s Child Rights Law, 2015.
The Director, Directorate for Citizens Rights, Mrs Oluwatoyin Odusanya, stated this at the essay and debate competition organised for the pupils of the state to celebrate the Human Rights Day 2020 with the theme ‘Recover better, stand up for human rights’.
Speaking on the sideline of the programme, Odusanya said the review was necessary to fill the gaps in the law to ensure that the rights of the children in the state are protected.
She said, “It’s important to catch the children young and let them know what human rights is all about so as they grow up, they won’t infringe on other people’s rights and ensure that their rights are protected.
“This year’s theme was derived from the pandemic; it is to encourage people to recover better emotionally and psychologically from this pandemic and the human right abuse pandemic, to ensure they’re healed through the process of knowing their right and places that are available that would assist them in enforcing their right”.
“We’re sensitising children and their parents on child abuse, early marriage, and Lagos State is also in the process of reviewing the child rights law to ensure that the gaps that are within the child rights law can be filled & the rights of the children can be also protected.”
The Solicitor General/Permanent Secretary, Ms Titilayo Shitta-Bey also emphasised on the need for Children to know their rights early in life.