Building Momentum to Step up Implementation of Child’s Right Act in Osun State, Nigeria

The Child’s Right Act was signed into law in Nigeria in 2003 to protect the rights and wellbeing of everyone less than eighteen years old in Nigeria. Osun state is one of the states that passed the bill at the State House of Assembly for implementation of the content of the Child’s Right Act at the state level. However, there has been no visible impact of the law on young people in the state. The fact that children that should be in school are still found on the street hawking or begging for alms contradicts the fact that there is a law that covers the right of those children to quality education. How about adolescents that return from school to what can be simply described as domestic violence and/or sexual exploitation by a family member or neighbor?

It is time to break the silence. Teens Thrive project is aimed at breaking the silence and creating awareness in the community about the rights of adolescents. We are excited about the progress made in the first phase of the Teens Thrive project implementation. On 2nd October 2018, a workshop was held for media personalities delegates from all the radio and television stations in Osogbo, Osun state. Few comments from the participants of the workshop are;

“I will develop more story lines particularly special reports on some of the identified challenges of Child Right. It was a honor for me to be here” Tope Alabi, NTA.

“Based on the fact that I have attended this workshop, more has been added to my responsibilities on awareness to the government, parents, society and adolescents on how to protect these young ones from every negative act in the society” – Ayesebolatan-Marcus ‘ Olusola, OSBC TV

“I will be more aggressive in my approach to tackling the issue of teenage pregnancy in our society through sensitization on my programmes on radio and advocacy to religious homes” – Akinyemi Afolasade Modupe, Ray Power Radio

“I Ogunleye Damilola Helen as a result of my participation in the workshop organized by LGHI intend to as from now enlighten adolescents on their rights as well as parent to respect the rights of their children.” – Ogunleye Damilola, AIT

The media personalities have been keeping to their promise by ensuring that the issue of Child’s Right Act gains the necessary attention needed to ensure that government and responsible law enforcement agencies stand up to their responsibilities in protecting the inalienable rights of adolescents across the state. We look forward to engaging more strategic stakeholders in the next 3 months to ensure that no adolescents’ right is violated in Osun state.

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