OrderPaperToday– As Nigeria joins the world to mark the International Human Rights Day, the executive secretary (ES) of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Mr. Tony Ojukwu, has called for full implementation of the Child Rights Act, 2003.
He gave the charge while declaring open a quiz competition organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), in partnership with the British High Commission for secondary school students in Abuja.
Disclosing that the quiz competition is only one of the many activities lined up to mark the day, he also urged all stakeholders to support the cause of children and youths in the country.
“We, therefore, urge all stakeholders to support the cause of children and youths to enable them realise their potentials in life. For us as a commission, child rights protection is key and remains one of our cardinal thematic areas of focus, hence our involvement of children in some of activities and programme. We also want to use this opportunity to call for the domestication of the Child Rights Act that was passed in 2003,” he stated.
The competition, which has participants drawn from five secondary schools in Abuja, is meant to inculcate human rights norms and values amongst the young population at a young age in line with the 2019 International Human Rights Day theme, which is “Youth Stand Up for Human Rights”.
OrderPaperNG had a chat with some of the participants, Master Gabriel Abutu of Divine Mercy Secondary School, Asokoro and Amarachi Oparah from Divine Mercy Secondary School, Asokoro to know their expectations from the competition.
Abutut said, “I feel the competition is a way of making what the pupils have learnt in school a reality. This is a competition that would expand their knowledge to understand certain things as they grow up to blend into the society. The introduction of human rights in schools would help the children to stand up to their defense and rights whenever the circumstances arise”.
Oparah, on the other hand, said, “I am here for the annual Human Rights Quiz Competition and I am here to learn and take away some fundamental key human rights especially as it affects the girl child. I am also here to learn some things that are expected of me as a child not to do against my country”.