We’re Committed To Protecting Rights Of Nigerian Children – Minister SUZAN IRONSI

The Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan has said that conflicts and crisis in the continent continues to expose children to unparalleled human suffering and denial of humanitarian access, where their rights are gravely violated.

The minister made the admission at the commemoration of the 2016 Day of the African Child which was celebrated yesterday in Abuja.

According to the minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Hajiya Binta Bello, “There is no doubt that celebrating the Day will facilitate a deeper understanding of the impact of armed conflict on children as well as raise consciousness on the devastation that accompanies conflicts and crisis. This administration is committed to protecting the rights and privileges of all Nigerian children by refocusing attention on the issues of vulnerable children. The challenge of poverty and inequality cannot be separated from conflicts. There is need to also address the issue of youth unemployment as unengaged youth are a risk to peace and stability” she stated.

Also speaking, Chief of Communication at UNICEF Nigeria, Don Porter, noted that Nigeria has the largest number of people who are internally displaced in Africa, with children accounting for half of the 2.4 million internally displaced people in the country, with a quarter no older than five years old.

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