Rising from a media dialogue on the convention of the rights of the child in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and the Federal Ministry of Information and Communication, called on the 14 states yet to pass the Child Rights Act to expedite action in the process in the interest and wellbeing of Nigerian children.
The trio urged concerted efforts to ensure that budget monitoring and implementation of the Child Rights Act were intensified especially at the local government level.
A communiqué issued at the end of the meeting urged editors to advocate the passage of the child rights Act in the remaining 14 states of the federation and also called for the full implementation of the law in the states that had already passed the law.
“Editors should create a child rights desk to advocate for the realisation of children’s right; designated reporters to the child rights desk should be trained in child rights reporting while efforts at budget monitoring and implementation of the Child Rights Act are intensified especially at the local government level”, it said.
The communiqué further noted that “editors should advocate for the passage of the Child Rights Act in the remaining 14 states of the federation and also calls for full implementation in the states that have already passed the law.
“The curriculum in child rights reporting should be mainstreamed in all institutions of higher learning as general studies course; media managers and editors should balance work and life to remain healthy; while families should be more alive to their responsibilities towards the child”, it said.
It noted that “the society’s attitude towards the woman reflect poorly on children’s well being and urged better treatment of women in our society.”