The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has inaugurated a campaign to fight for the right of every child in the country.
The new boss Representing UNICEF in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins, made this remark during the celebration of the 2019 Nigerian Children’s day. He stated that more children now have better healthy lifestyle, great learning environment and voice in their communities than was before.
Hawkin stated however that much needs to be done in the area of children’s right, which has continually been abused globally. He said many children have been displaced due to crisis, poverty and abuse.
The UNICEF representative added that the this year’s Nigerian Children’s Day should be aim at protecting every rights of the Nigerian child. He noted that this can be achieved only when the government and every citizen in the country upholds the right of every child on the street.
He added that in honor of the celebration, UNICEF is launching a ‘passport to your right’ – a copy of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in a child-friendly languages and pocket format.
UNICEF aims that every child in Nigeria has a copy by 2030, the deadline for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Hawkin said that the passport would be available in Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba and Pidgin so as to reach every child in the country. He said the UNICEF will work hand in hand with the government to ensure all Nigerians are aware of children’s right.
Mr. Hawkin remarked that Nigerian children’s day falls on the 30th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which is being commemorated this year around the world.