Enugu state government says it will continue to ensure strict adherence to due process and provisions of relevant laws that guarantees the security and wellbeing of children in the state as well stem rising cases of illegal child adoption in the state.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi stated this on Monday while declaring open a two day sensitization workshop for stakeholders on Adoption and adoption process in Enugu state.
Governor Ugwuanyi, who was represented by his deputy, Cecilia Ezeilo said his administration has taken far- reaching measures to protect rights of children through establishments of a committee on child-fostering and adoption, enactment of child right Act as well as the establishment of twelve family courts across the state.
He expressed the hope that the workshop would expand the knowledge and understanding of stakeholders of adoption processes.
In a welcome address, the state commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Development, Peace Nnaji advocated a multi-sectoral approach to addressing the myriads of problems facing child adoption in the state.
Nnaji, who commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his laudable policies and programmes for the protection of children in the state, said the workshop could not have come at a better time than now, when the society is faced with numerous socio-economic challenges.
In a keynote address, the Enugu state Chief Judge, Priscilla Emehulu, represented by the Deputy Registrar, Enugu state court, Nonye Chijioke Agbo said the judiciary has critical role to play in upholding and protection of the rights of the child.
On their part, the chairman, Enugu State Child Adoption Committee, Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma and a clinical psychologist, Professor Pita Ebigbo said the state has the moral and constitutional obligation to protect vulnerable children in the society.
They called for effective cooperation between relevant stakeholders to ensure that illegal child adoption of is eradicated.
The workshop was attended by Traditional Rulers, Security Agencies, National Orientation Agency and the National Agency for prohibition of Trafficking in persons (NAPTIP) among others.