By Our Reporter
Founder of PHEW Foundation International, Mrs Uche Chigbo, has called on the Delta state government to commence the enforcement of the Child’s Right Act by fully domestication it in the state. The activist who spoke while addressing newsmen in Warri on Monday, noted that the domestication will go a long way in checkmating human trafficking in the state.
“In order to reduce or completely eradicate child trafficking, government need to enforce the Child’s Right Act to protect the children against exploitations.”
Chigbo, who reiterated that children are more vulnerable to being trafficked for such inhuman activities as child labour, domestic servitude and others, noted that it is only through the domestication of the act that the victims will find solace. She added that governments must endeavor to embark on a deliberate and widespread sensitization of both parents and children to avoid falling prey.
“Government should adopt poverty eradication strategies by way of creating employment to engage the youth and adults to eliminate poverty.
There is also the need to intensify sensitisation of both children and parents on the need to live within their limits,” she said.
Thus far, 11 of the country’s 36 states are yet to domesticated the Child’s Rights Act, often referred to as CRA, which was adopted by the federal government in 2003 to protect the rights of children.
While surmising that child trafficking has reduced due to deliberate efforts put in by Non Governmental Organizations, NGOs, towards stemming the tide, Chigbo added however, that a lot still nerds to be done create safety for children.
“Child trafficking is decreasing due to the intervention of several NGOs and government agencies.
But a lot still needs to be done in the aspect of funding and creating an enabling environment for them to operate,” she said.