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UNICEF assures Kaduna government of taking children off streets

UNICEF assures Kaduna government of taking children off streets

- The Kaduna state government has been assured by UNICEF to get children who are involved in alms begging in the state back to school

- The assurance is coming as Nigeria celebrates Children's Day on Sunday, May 27

- UNICEF commended the state government for launching end violence against children campaign and domesticating Child’s Rights Act

The United Nations Children’s Educational Fund (UNICEF) on Sunday, May 27 pledged continued support to Kaduna state government to assist in taking off the streets the alarming number of children begging for alms.

Dr Zakari Adam, the chief field office, UNICEF Kaduna, made the pledge at the Fifth Chukker Polo Club, during the Children’s Day celebration, organised by UNICEF for school children, NAN reports. notes that the theme of the celebration was, “Creating Safe Spaces for Children: Our Collective Responsibility.” Adam said that Kaduna has a large population of children who hawk and beg for arms.

He said: “On the streets of Kaduna, you will see a huge population of children hawking and begging for alms instead of being in school where they should be.

“I commended the state government for launching end violence against children campaign and domesticating of Child’s Rights Act.

“I want to reiterate here that UNICEF is determined to mobilise resources to support the state to get all children back to school and tackle all forms of violence against children."

He said that the Children’s Day celebration provided an excellent opportunity to speak out on behalf of all the vulnerable and deprived children in Kaduna state and the country.

Adams added: “UNICEF will continue to partner relevant institutions and private organisations to ensure that children access their rights to enable them grow as they should.

“We shall continue to expand our collaboration with Kaduna state government to champion the course and rights of children.

“We are out to change the narrative for children by tackling their problems from all angles, by developing protective laws, promoting services, and adequate budgetary allocation and release and raising the needed awareness."

He thanked Fifth Chukker, Access Bank, and other relevant stakeholders who are supporting to put smiles on children’s face

Hajiya Hafsat Baba, Kaduna state commissioner for women affairs and social development, who spoke, reiterated government’s commitment to the protection of children’s right.

She explained that the state has domesticated the Child’s Rights Act, adding that plans are on to establish additional three sexual assault centres, and three children homes. Baba said that all these were part of efforts to protect the interest of the child.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the United Nations Children’s Educational Fund (UNICEF) has appealed to Mrs Aisha Buhari, wife of the president, to partner with it in championing the rights and educational advancement of Nigerian children.

Mr Mohamed Fall, the Country Representative of UNICEF made the appeal on Saturday at a reception in honour of Buhari as a strong advocate of rights of women and children at the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) in Abuja on Saturday, March 10.

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