Stella Dimoko Toyin Saraki Urges Nigeria's Implementation Of Child Protection Policies, Calls On G7 Leaders To Protect The Rights Of Displaced Children


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Monday, May 29, 2017

Toyin Saraki Urges Nigeria's Implementation Of Child Protection Policies, Calls On G7 Leaders To Protect The Rights Of Displaced Children

As Nigeria commemorated Children's Day across the nation, coinciding with the meeting of G7 Heads of Government in Sicily, Italy, Toyin Saraki, Wife of the President of the Senate and Founder, Wellbeing Foundation Africa has urged federal and state governments and stake holders to strengthen and scale-up the implementation of child protection policies across Nigeria, stressing the key functions and capacities of Child Protection Networks in the 36 States of the Federation.

Charting a progress timeline of Child Rights legislation and implementation across Nigeria, Mrs Saraki stated,

"7 years ago, in May 2010, after successfully advocating for the passage of the Kwara State Child Rights Act, the first of Nigeria's nineteen northern states to pass this landmark legislation, I summoned the courage to convene and host Nigeria's first National Child Rights Conference, "Child Rights At Crossroads" at Ilorin, Kwara State. Supported by UNICEF Nigeria, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa gathered together stakeholders from across the nation to advocate for the domestication and passage of the Child Rights Act, and to catalyse the establishment of Child Rights Implementation Committees and Child Protection Networks in every state of the nation."

"Since then, we have seen increased interventions to promote and protect children and keep them safe. But we have also seen an alarming increase in reported cases of violence, sexual violence, and even rape, against children."

"UNICEF Nigeria states today that 'One in four girls and one in 10 boys experience sexual violence as well as one in six girls and one in five boys experience emotional violence by a parent, caregiver or adult relative' "

"Let us always remember that #AChildIsAChild and take action to end can end violence against children in Nigeria, and everywhere, now."

Continuing to highlight the plight of displaced and vulnerable children globally, Toyin Saraki, a supporter of UNICEF's A Child Is A Child global advocacy campaign, called for governments and world leaders to provide displaced children with health-enhanced certifiable identity documents, in a call to action stating:

"As G7 leaders meet in Sicily Italy today and tomorrow, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa urges the leaders to protect the rights of displaced and vulnerable children seeking refuge and safety around the world. The protection of unaccompanied minors and children is the right of every child, no matter their place of birth."

"As the new UNICEF report, A Child is a Child, points out, the world has seen almost a five-fold increase in the number of refugee and migrant children traveling alone since 2010. And even when they travel with their families, they face several terrible risks and often fall through the cracks."

"The Wellbeing Foundation Africa calls upon the G7 leaders to ensure the rights of children who have been uprooted from their homes due to poverty and atrocities. These children, like every other child, deserve the right to safer and secure lives and futures. The Wellbeing Foundation Africa believes that countries have the right to intensify national security and protect their borders during global uncertainty, but this can also coincide with protecting the rights of displaced children by providing each child with a certifiable identity. When each migrant and refugee child is given a certifiable identity, it will bring two-folds of great results. It will allow the child to be visible on governmental systems which will allow the host nations to build stronger and resilient national security systems, and it will provide also the child the right to seek out health and education services at their host country."

"The Wellbeing Foundation Africa urges governments of the G7 countries to act on the following agenda:
• Protect child refugees and migrants, particularly unaccompanied children, from exploitation and violence.
• End the detention of children seeking refugee status or migrating by finding practical alternatives.
• Keep families together as the best way to protect children, and give children legal status.
• Keep all refugee and migrant children learning and give them access to health and other quality services.
• Press for action on the underlying causes of large-scale movements of refugees and migrants.
• Promote measures to combat xenophobia, discrimination, and marginalization in countries of transit and destination"
"When world leaders adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants in September 2016, they acknowledged the urgent and unmet needs of vulnerable child migrants. It is time to act and deliver on this promise."


  1. I just love this woman

    She is my kind of Woman

    The woman wen @Zahra bein dey learn work for her hand... But mbah, she go gree put eye for ground... She don run go collect Prick from @Indinmi

    I just wish to work under her.. .just for her to tutor me.. ...she is so intelligent mbok


  2. #Never forget who was with you from the start*

  3. This is really apt and needed. The trauma young children are facing in The North East and other areas ravaged by war is discouraging.
    Over here in Calabar,kids are roaming around the streets. They are called Skolombo.
    God help us all.

  4. If only y'all knew... Lol.

  5. All of una wey dey hail toyin, wife of klepto saraki, una even siddon ask una self say, if these rogues no loot the treasury these pickins dem go dey better off? Africans no get shame at all......every time the useless people in power go dey call on oyinbos to help dem solve the wahala wey the useless africans cause. To make matters worse, all the money we dem steal from these innocent pickins, dem carry the loot go oyinbo bank for the oyinbo to use take care of him own pickins.......infact something dey terribly wrong with the black race......

  6. Well done Mrs Saraki, quite true. Bitter anon. Did Saraki's wife mention money or aid? Human rights are free. At least you read what she had to say.


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