The Bauchi State Ministry of Women Affairs, on Tuesday, said it had set up a Child Rights Implementation Committee and Child Protection Network to protect children against all forms of abuse.
The state’s Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hajiya Talatu Barwa, made the disclosure at the 2014 Children’s Day celebration parade, held at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi.
Barwa said that the Committee and the Network would work out modalities toward ensuring the safety of children, regardless of their background.
Earlier, President Goodluck Jonathan, represented by Alhaji Salisu Barau, the state’s Commissioner for Religious Affairs, had expressed sympathy over the death of innocent children in Buni-Yadi, Yobe.
He said “the president sympathises with the parents of the abducted children of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno.
“The Federal Government will do everything within its power to protect all Nigerian children from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation by bringing this insecurity to an end.’’
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in spite of the security challenges in the zone, over 95 schools in the state participated in the parade.
Students of the schools carried placards with different inscriptions such as “Bring Back Our Children,’’ “Safe Our Children,’’ among others, in solidarity with the more than 200 abducted Chibok school girls.
The girls were abducted by insurgents from their school on April 14.
Some of the students at the parade said the continuous abduction of the innocent schoolgirls was getting out of expectation.
Miss Amina Hassan and Naomi Garba expressed sadness and worry over the abducted Chibok girls and prayed for their safe release from their abductors to their parents and loved ones. (NAN)
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