Queen Toluwanimi lends voice to Child Rights Act
Outspoken and elegant Toluwanimi, who hails from Osun State, was recently crowned as the little Miss Nigeria International, after a keenly contested beauty pageantry with other finalists from across the country on December 14.
In a chat with journalists after her visit, Toluwanimi said she is set to take a bold steps in ensuring that her message for child rights advocacy is spread within and outside the shores of Nigeria.
“My vision is to ensure that the Child Right Act is enjoyed by every child, regardless of their gender, race and societal status. I’m aware that out of 36 states of the federation, only 24 states have passed the child right act in their various states, and there are still parts of this great country affected by social vices such as child abuse, molestation, early girls marriage, child trafficking and so on.”
She continued: “Despite the effort of the government, reputable Non- Governmental Organisation and other well-meaning Nigerians to solve this problem, the situation is still bad in some areas. However, I won’t be deterred from giving my support, which is where I’ve started this campaign,” she said.
The Little Queen assured that she will ensure the Child Right Act is respected in international and national communities, adding that she plans to tour the remaining 12 states, who are yet to pass the Child Right Act and ensure they implement it.
Miss Toluwanimi has a track record of outstanding academic excellence, which has positioned her as representative of Delphi International School to all debating and quiz competitions.
The Nigerian Child’s Rights Act 2003 guarantees the provision of ‘special protection measures’ or special needs of disabled children to enhance their enjoyment of rights contained in the Act.
However, the Act makes the provision of such special needs or facilities subject to the availability of resources on the part of government or the person who has the duty to provide them.
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