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Ambode pledges commitment to child rights law

By Godwin Dunia, Ujunwa Atueyi and Eniola Daniel   |   07 April 2017   |   4:31 am

Girl-child. PHOTO: voanews

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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has pledged commitment to the provisions of the child rights law.

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mrs. Oluranti Adebule, made the promise yesterday in FESTAC at the National Conference of Family Court Judges.

He expressed displeasure at the rising cases of domestic and sexual violence in the society.

Ambode promised to consider the resolutions reached at the conference to enable him to review the existing laws and create new ones where necessary.

He said: “It is disheartening to note that domestic and sexual violence against children had increased in recent times. I believe that the forum would examine the trend based on the provisions of the law and proffer solutions.”

Ambode also charged stakeholders to consider the provisions of Matrimonial Causes Act and align them with those of the child rights law in cases of divorce or judicial separation.

Meanwhile, the state chapter of the National Conscience Party (NCP) has criticised Ambode promise to provide 200 housing units for the 21 million population in the state.

Fatai Ibuowo, who was elected as the NCP’s chairman at its congress, said the housing units were not sufficient for the 21 million people in the state

However, the Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Steve Ayorinde said in reaction that: “The government would not dignify the opposition party with any response.”

Also, the state government has promised to train 1000 facilitators as part of preparations towards the planned launch of CodeLagos programme.




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