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Groups urge Buhari, Makinde, others to protect children

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A consortium of over 60 non-governmental organisations, professional bodies and agencies, under the aegis of Child Protection Network (CPN), Oyo State Chapter, yesterday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Seyi Makinde and local councils to protect children against insecurity.

The CPN stated this during an advocacy visit to the Oyo State Government in commemoration of the 2021 Day of the African Child. The groups carried placards with various inscriptions such as “Rape is Evil”, “Violation of human rights should stop”, “Justice must be served”, “Children of Africa deserve healthy childhood”, “Stop child labour” and others.

The Co-ordinator of CPN in the state, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Ogedengbe, urged the Oyo State Government to enforce laws that prohibit child abuse and violence of rights of children.

IN the same vein, the Public Relations Officer of CPN, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Daniel, said the environment must be made safe and secure for children.

“Sex offenders should be shamed and punished. Everyone should be involved in dealing with rape and violence against children,” Daniel said.

The group later visited the Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Olasunkanmi Olaleye, who said government had taken some steps to protect children, and also expressed his readiness to be part of the Child Rights Club of CPN.

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