Lagos State Government has called on school pupils in the State to ensure they know their rights as citizens and be ready to defend themselves when it’s been infringed upon.
The Director of Directorate for Citizens Right, Ministry of Justice, Ms. Adetutu Oshinusi disclosed this recently at a sensitization program for students of the Ijegun community primary school.
The sensitization campaign is in furtherance to the One Stop Child Justice Centre, an initiative of Lagos State Ministry of Justice to reduce the spate of child abuse in the State and ensure that minors are protected from abuse and abusers.
Ms. Oshinusi stated that there is a solid framework for the fundamental human rights of the young pupils and they have enough protection against all forms of abuses in the Nigerian Constitution.
“The One Stop Child Justice Centre’, handles all child-related matters which is in collaboration with other Departments, Agencies and Ministries such as the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, amongst others”
“The Directorate of Citizens Right will continue to go the whole haul to protect the rights of children as provided under the Child Rights Law of Lagos State, 2015”
“It is imperative that you all must be encouraged to report cases of abuses whether it has happened to you or someone you know.”
The Director further reiterated that the sensitization program is about enlightening the pupils to know what thier rights are and this privilege will also be extended to other schools across the State.
The Head Teacher Community Primary School 11, Mrs. Abosede Kowe, commended the Lagos State government for the program which is of great benefits to both students and teachers of the school while noting that the school will continue to enlighten its pupils on their rights as citizens of Lagos State.