Borno children advocated for the abolition of all harmful practices in society affecting the growth and development of children’s rights as enshrined in the Child Rights Act enacted in the ‘State.
The children urged the government and non-governmental organizations to campaign against all forms of child abuse such as child labour, child marriage and street begging among others.
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Borno Children’s Parliament Speaker Ibrahim Zanna Sunoma spoke on behalf of Borno children at an event organized to mark the Day of the African Child 2022 in Maiduguri by an international organization, Save The Children.
This year’s theme is “Eliminating Harmful Practices Affecting Children: Progress in Policy and Practice since 2013”.
Sunoma commended the state governor for enacting the Child Rights Act while urging the government and partners to step up awareness of the Borno Child Welfare Act and the consequences of marriage early.
The organisation’s acting coordinator, advocacy and campaign, Waziri Mohammed, said the organization would continue to support children to participate in decision-making on children’s affairs until all children learn, survive and be protected.
“To help prevent abuse, there should be stronger laws against sexual abuse targeting children and rehabilitation should be provided for affected children and ensure abuse is reported.
“The government and its partners should expedite the implementation of the Child Rights Act (CRV) and the VAPP Act, which will prevent harmful practices in the state,” Mohammed said.