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    Hundred's Walk to end modern slavery and promote children's rights

    The Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) carried out an Anti-trafficking walk in the Nyanya/Karu area of Abuja as part of its major activities in implementing the one year European Union funded project titled: “Mitigating Child Trafficking in Nigeria through the Involvement of Children in Children’s Rights Education”.
    In attendance were over 250 participants which included children from LEA Primary Nyanya Phase I, LEA Primary Jikwoyi, JSS Karu, JSS Nyanya Phase II and the WOTCLEF Shelter. The walk also had in attendance representatives from National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP), National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Network of Civil Society Organisations Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL), Child Protection Network (CPN), members of the WOTCLEF/NYSC Gender Vanguard Community Development Service (CDS) Group, management, Staff and Volunteers of WOTCLEF and gentlemen of the press, while the police provided security throughout the event.
    The rallying point of the walk was at Junior Secondary School (JSS) Nyanya Phase II, one of the project schools. The walk began by 9:50am and lasted for 1 hour spanning over 2km which cut across the Nyanya market, Karu market, several malls and plazas, schools, police stations and places of worship raising awareness with posters, flyers, banners and placards carrying anti-trafficking and promotion of children’s rights slogans and messages reaching over one thousand (1,000) people. The walk terminated at the Sakaruyi’s Palace Karu.
    On behalf of the Sakaruyi of Karu, the secretary Mr Sampson Katangwa welcomed all and extended the Chief’s apologies whom he said was unavoidably absent and went on to acknowledge the presence of the Chief’s cabinet.
    WOTCLEF National Coordinator, Mrs. Veronica Umaru in her remark thanked the Chief for welcoming them and went on to reemphasize the project. Specifically, she averred that the visit was to bring the message of child trafficking and promotion of children’s rights to the chief, members of his cabinet and entire community and to solicit for their support in the fight to eradicate the scourge. She pointed that WOTCLEF works with government agencies, stakeholders and partners to actualize these objectives.
    The representative of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) reiterated on the efforts of the agency in combating the scourge and showed encomium on WOTCLEF for its continued efforts in eradicating child trafficking and human trafficking in general.
    Mr Sampson Obido, representative of the National Human Rights Commission emphasized on the sufferings of victims whose rights are grossly violated. He stated that children have rights and those rights must be respected.
    The Coordinator WOTCLEF/NYSC Gender Vanguard CDS, Mrs. Grace Haruna addressing the chief’s highlighted the group contribution in preventing child trafficking and advocating for children’s rights also seizing the opportunity to solicit for the support of the community leaders to the corps members even as they return to execute programmes in the community.
    Network of Civil Society Organizations Against Child Trafficking Abuse and Labour (NACTAL), North Central Zonal Coordinator and Executive Director of Child Youth Protection Foundation (CYPF) Mr Kolawole Olatosimi on his part avowed that children cannot fight for themselves and need the support of the royal fathers. He stressed that children’s rights are not anti-cultural and the support of the palace to fight against anything fighting the future of children is invaluable.
    In response, Rt Cpt. Samuel Fadawa Emphasized that in his personal experience he is aware of the conditions Nigerian’s especially young girls are subjected to abroad unwillingly by unscrupulous individuals who deceive poor parents and take their children abroad for prostitution and the sufferings of children in Nigeria. He emphasized education as a fundamental right of children, stating that the community in its part is planning on supporting children in that regards. He pledged the support of the chief and entire community in efforts to mitigate child trafficking and promote children’s rights. Summarizing with the statement “slave trade has been abolished several years ago and should not re-occur”.

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    Joke Adebisi
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