Lagos State set to review Child Rights Law, to place Emphasis on Empowerment and Protection

Lagos State Government is set to review the Child Rights Law 2015 to make it more compatible with day to day realities.

Permanent Secretary and Solicitor-General, Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Funlola Odunlami stated that some punishments as stipulated in the law had not served its intended purpose of deterring child abusers.

Mrs Odunlami who spoke on Tuesday during a one-day stakeholders’ meeting on “Amendment and implementation of the Child rights Law, 2015″.

She stressed that the main purpose of the review was to place emphasis on empowering children and protecting their rights from being infringed upon.

She added that the review would take into cognisance necessary framework that would be helpful in the entire review process, assuring that the outcome of the review would be more beneficial to all concerned stakeholders on children matters.

She listed of the sections of the law being considered for review to include Section 3, 7, 13, 17, 19, 20-23 among others.

These sections, according to her, ranged from parental neglect, sentencing terms, forms of punishment for offenders, inclusion of persons responsible for facilitating under-age or forceful marriage of an underage girl in the punishment of the Child Rights Law and several others.

The Solicitor-General expressed the hope that the outcome of the meeting would produce a more robust recommendation that will take care of the interest of all the concerned parties considering the caliber of personalities at the event who are practitioners from government, private and non-governmental organizations.

The overview of the areas identified for review was chaired by Honorable Justice Iyabo Oludunni Kasali, a Judge with the Lagos State Judiciary.

She advised the stakeholders that the review being carried out should correspond with the new Lagos Sentencing Guidelines.

Participants at the event among other suggestions opined for community service for minor offenders of the Child Rights Law instead of prison terms especially if the offender is the parent of the child so that the absence of the child’s parent will not further expose the child to more abuses.

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