Lawmakers and the judiciary have been urged to embark on child-friendly judicial reforms as the world marks the Day of the African Child.
Mrs. Umo Basi-Edet, the chairperson of the Cross River State branch of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, made the call in a statement to commemorate this year’s Day of the African Child in Calabar, the capital city.
Mrs Basi-Edet said the theme for this year’s theme “Access to a child-friendly justice system in Africa” is pertinent for lawmakers and law officers to join hands in the campaign to save the African child with good judicial reforms systems.
“We need parents, guardians and other stakeholders to protect the right of the African child. We cannot sit on the fence and allow our children continue to suffer all kinds of abuse at the hands of so called powerful abusers. We keep agitating for law reforms and reform of the judiciary, but seem to forget to include the interest of our children,” she stressed.
Condemning the recent rise in the rape of infants, toddlers and other children, the NAWOJ chairperson urged stakeholders to “end the incessant child rape and molestation currently ravaging the continent. It is high time we act in the interest of these little ones.”
While wishing for peaceful celebration of the day across Africa, Mrs Basi-Edet urged them to be good ambassadors of the state, country and Africa.
“I am advising children to shun vices from friends, peer groups, family members and the society among others,” she added.