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The Fountain of Life Church: Child Protection Network celebrates Day of the African Child

The Lagos State Child Protection Network, a network of Non -Governmental Organizations and government agencies working together to prevent and respond to cases of abuse in the State organized an event in collaboration with the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme, an initiative of the UNICEF, at the Youth Hall of the Fountain of Life Church, Ilupeju to commemorate the International Day of the African Child, the 2022 theme being, ‘Eliminating Harmful Practices Affecting Children: Progress on Policy and Practice since 2013’.

Mrs Aderonke Oyelakin, Lagos State Child Protection Network Coordinator,  believes that every child, whether from a rich or poor background and whatever colour of skin, should enjoy basic things of life that give him/her a life devoid of harmful practices as he/she grows into adulthood and become the leader of tomorrow.

Oyelakin in her speech also stated that “Every child in Africa should enjoy basic things of life like other children in the western world but a lot of Nigerian children are continuously exposed to harmful practices like child marriage, Female Genital Mutilation, child labour, child sexual abuse and we also have the highest number of out-of-school children in the world.”

The National Coordinator, CPN Nigeria, Mrs Ngozi Okoro, advised children to start to speak out, saying their voices matter in the things that concern their lives so that they can have a better and safe nation to live in.“Children got the victory at the National Assembly when they stood up to speak up for their rights in spite of the years adults have spoken on their behalf. They can still do it because it is not enough to pass into law the Child Rights Act. There should be massive implementation throughout the nation”, Okoro said

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The International Day of the African Child comes up every June 16 to commemorate the children killed during the Soweto uprising in South Africa.

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