Children’s Day: NUJ-FCTA Chair Calls for Protection of Children’s Rights

By: Prudence Okonna

In commemoration of Children’s Day, the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Federal Capital Territory Administration (NUJ-FCTA) chapel, has called for the protection of the Children’s rights by Parents, guardians, caregivers, and every well-meaning Nigerians in the Nation’s Capital.

Chairperson NUJ-FCTA chapel, Ngozi Ufomba, made the call in a statement signed by the secretary of the chapel, Niyi Lawal, on Monday, in Abuja.

Ufomba tasked parents, Civil society organizations (CSOs), School Owners, Religious bodies, and the government to pay proper attention to children, who she said are still in their formative years.

She emphasized the need to ensure that Child Rights are not trampled upon; adding that FCT should be the pacesetter in upholding the fundamental rights of children for others to follow.

Ufomba reiterated the basic Child’s Rights, to include, Right to Freedom of Movement, Right to Dignity of the Child, Right to survival and Development, Right to Education, freedom from discrimination as well as inclusion in decision-making, a healthy environment, access to Medical health Care, and Safety in Schools to assure them quality of life and growth.

According to the statement, the NUJ-FCTA Chairperson, therefore, said that everyone should see the children’s day as a wake-up call and urged policy-makers such as Schools, Religious bodies, and Local, State, and Federal Governments to join forces in taking responsibility to protect every Nigerian child by formulating policies that consider their vulnerability, through the protection their basic rights.