Wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Mohammed, has called for more protection and safety of street children in Nigerian with a view to alleviating their plight.
Aisha, who was represented by the wife of Taraba State governor, Annah Ishaku, assured that government would find workable solutions to the issues of child neglect abuses such as rape, involvement in criminality, insurgency and other social devices.
According a release, Aisha said this at the occasion of the 2nd National Conference on the plight of street children in Nigeria.
She urged the conference to evolve an all inclusive national strategy to reclaim and rehabilitate street children in the country by curtailing the social vices connected with the plight of street children.
“As a mother, I cannot fold my hands and watch our children go to bed on empty stomach because they cannot put food on their tables.”
Also, the coordinator of an NGO, IYKON Global Foundation, Chief Ephraim Nwosu, at the occasion called on the federal government to strengthen the existing agencies on child labour and related issues, to address the plight of the Nigerian child.
Chief Nwosu said there must be concerted effort on the part of government to protect the right of the child, stressing that the African children are exposed to serious hazards that could be life threatening and must be adequately tackled.
“Some of these children we are talking about are suffering, so a lot of them don’t go to school, some groups have managed to go to school but had to drop out because of lack of care and in most cases, they don’t have parent.
“The aim of this conference is so that we can see how we can involve national strategy of reclaiming and rehabilitating all those categories of children by way of agreeing that reclamation and rehabilitation centres are across the country where we can have both formal and informal centres.”
Chief Nwosu further explained that the NGO was collaborating with organisations to fight against prostitution and child labour in Nigeria.
Also, the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Alhassan , said her ministry was collaborating with other agencies to ensure policy development towards restoration and social reintegration, education, health care and economic security would be given a centre stage.

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