Enugu state government, on Tuesday inaugurated family court judges, assessors and state child rights implementation committee to aid protection of child’s fundamental rights.
The inauguration of family court judges and assessors, as well as implementation committee members, who were drawn from the three senatorial zones in the state, was part of government’s commitment towards full implementation of the child rights act.
Performing the function on behalf of the governor, the SPA on Special Duties, Uwakwe Azikiwe described young ones as future leaders and restated the state government’s willingness to creating appropriate legal framework for the protection of children and to uphold their rights.
Earlier, Enugu State Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Development, Peace Nnaji lauded Governor Ugwuanyi for his enormous strides in uplifting the well-being of children, stating that the inauguration would further reinforce efforts in bringing all forms of violence against children to an end.
Also, the chairman state adoption committee, Most Revd Emmanuel Chukwuma who described the inauguration as a long sought achievement, called on Enugu citizenry support the fight against child sexual abuse, street-hawking, inhuman treatment and cultism amongst others.
In a paper presentation, the state chief judge, Justice Priscilla Emehelu represented by Justice Angela Anidi stated that the judiciary has begun its own contribution in achieving the goals of the child’s right law through designation of six family courts at high court and magistrate level.
In separate interviews, House Committee Chairman on Gender Affairs and Social Development, Ethel Ugwuanyi and National President, African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect, Prof. Peter Ebigbo urged government at all levels to intensify efforts in checkmating other issues affecting children.
The event had house of assembly members, legal luminaries, traditional rulers, security agencies and stakeholders within and outside the state, among others in attendance.