He made the call when Mrs. Betsy Olutunde, the Executive Secretary, National Council of Child Rights Advocates of Nigeria (NACCRAN), represented by the Council’s Director of Programmes and International Relations, paid him a courtesy visit.
Abari said that the “the Nigerian child is a Nigerian citizen and citizenship carries certain privileges that ought not to be denied.
“How much respect, love and care we are able to give our children speaks volumes about what our priorities really are”.
He therefore appealed to state Governments that are yet to domesticate the Act to do so.
He also urged on child rights advocates to remain relentless until that is achieved.
Abari, pledged the agency’s commitment to partnering with NACCRAN on adequate messaging and sensitisation on child rights.
In her remarks, Olutunde disclosed that NACCRAN was working to establish a rescue centre for children whose parents are unavailable or incapacitated by circumstances to cater for them in line with global best practices.
She said that stakeholders, including the diplomatic community have expressed support for the initiative.
She who expressed concerns that 44 communities in the FCT still practice the killing of twins.
Olutunde, expressed optimism that the domestication of the Child Rights Act would be instrumental to the abolition of such barbaric practice.
She stressed that NOA had specific role to play towards achieving the nationwide domestication.
Edited by: Ekemini Ladejobi