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Monday, July 29, 2013

FG to privatise BoI, BoA in 2014 -

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Will this fresh initiative against cyber crime work? -

Friday, July 26, 2013

Investors prefer Southwest, says LCCI -

Friday, July 26, 2013

Fed Govt stops project variation beyond 15% of initial cost -

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Securing a better future for the Nigerian child

Securing a better future for the Nigerian child.. NAIJA INTEL

It has now become an aberration in Nigeria to refer to the younger generation as the future of the country, due to the frequent bashing and various forms of abuses the children are now being subjected to on a daily basis. It is now a daily occurrence to read on the pages of newspapers cases of child labour and trafficking, defilement of minors as young as two years old even by their fathers or grandfathers. It is that bad!

By paying lip service to various laws on the rights of the child, the impunity with which their rights are being violated has now reached an alarming proportion. Recently, a two-year-old boy, whose mother died as a result of complications from cancer, was abandoned by his father and left in the care of his uncle. The latter who could not shoulder the responsibility of feeding an extra mouth, solicited for help from Nigerians in order to fulfil  the aspiration of the child for education.

But by far the most commonly abused group of children are the orphans, who due to their situation are left in the care of their parents relatives. Even those kept in orphanages are not left out, as the home supposedly meant to give them succour becomes a slaughter slab where they are serially raped by their guardian or care-giver.

In the olden days, the family setting in Africa did not give room for the word “orphan” as every child was incorporated into the extended family safety net, where a relative raised the orphan as his own.  But due to the weak  family  system, adoption of western lifestyle, poverty , increasing population of orphans  and reduced number of care-givers, orphans and vulnerable children are finding it increasingly difficult to be incorporated into the extended family safety net.

Securing a better future for the Nigerian child.. NAIJA INTEL

Securing a better future for the Nigerian child.. NAIJA INTEL

The United Nations Agency for International Development defines an orphan as a child under 18 whose one or both parents are dead. Therefore there are maternal, paternal  orphans (half orphans) and double orphans, while vulnerable children refer to groups  of children that experience  loss of their education, morbidity and malnutrition at higher  rates  than do their peers due to their  minority status, disability and residence in underserved area. Therefore, it should be noted that not all vulnerable children are orphans but all orphans are vulnerable.

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