The State’s Attorney–General and Commissioner for Justice, Mrs. Abimbola Akeredolu gave this assurance in Abeokuta while addressing members of the State chapter of a Non-Governmental Organisation, the Child Protection Network (CPN) during a courtesy call on her.
“I assure you of my unflinching support to the course of child protection and any other noble cause aimed at emancipating the society from injustice,” she assured.
Mrs. Akeredolu explained that the present administration in the State remained passionate about the welfare of all residents, adding that it placed a high premium on the wellbeing of children and women in particular.
She noted that it was partly against this background that her Ministry had been collaborating with relevant government agencies and bodies to ensure that no child in the State goes through any form of abuse.
“I am not unaware of the challenges being faced by an average child particularly an orphan, this is why my ministry has a working relationship with some other ministries to ensure that no child in the State goes through any form of abuse from any individual, group or organization without facing the full wrath of the law,” Akeredolu stated.
She assured that everything necessary would be done to continue protecting the rights of the child, citing the prompt attention given by the State Government to the recent case of the proprietor of an orphanage who raped some of the children in the home as a pointer to its commitment.
Earlier in her remark, coordinator of CPN in the State, Mrs. Peju Osoba had underscored the need for the State Government to expedite action on the passage of the amended bill on child rights protection into law, expressing that when this is done, a family court that would address issues relating to the rights of the child would be established.
She enjoined media practitioners to continue exposing cases of child abuse and commended the State Government for the steps it had been taken to ensure the wellbeing of children in the State, assuring that on its part, her group would continue to take steps necessary to protect the rights of the child.