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LASG and UNICEF advocate for children’s rights in juvenile detention centres

The Lagos State Authorities and the United Nations Youngsters’s Fund have been campaigning for the safety of youngsters’s rights in varied prisons in Lagos.

The decision was made on Tuesday on the Radisson Blu Resort in Ikeja, Lagos, throughout the official launch and presentation of the report on the investigation into the coaching and therapy of youngsters in Lagos State accredited kids’s establishments.

The report, introduced by the Founder and Director of Voice of The Baby Legislation Centre, Prof. Iyabode Ogunniran, centered on the necessity for optimistic progress and social integration of youngsters in varied correctional amenities in Lagos.

Viavonu Folorunsho, who represented the State Commissioner for Youth and Social Growth, Mobolaji Ogunlende, defined the work the ministry is doing to make sure optimistic upbringing of youngsters in correctional amenities and safety of their rights.

Folorunsho stated: “A few of these findings (within the report) are usually not unusual to the ministry as a result of we even have a analysis and growth division. Final Thursday, the director of social welfare in a gathering fashioned a committee to look into totally different classes of youngsters who’ve been introduced collectively in our amenities.

“We’re additionally captivated with addressing the problems (of youngsters’s rights). Regardless of our challenges, we have now recorded so many success tales. Some kids are (now) in federal universities on scholarships. Now we have kids who even graduated with a firstclass, and a few of them are actually within the civil service of Lagos State.”

Dennis Onoise, consultant of UNICEF’s little one safety unit, stated the group was very within the dialogue, together with plans to help prisons the place kids are held.

He stated: “For these of us in little one safety (we consider) the difficulty of youngsters shouldn’t be one thing that everybody understands, particularly whenever you’re speaking about coaching. She’s introduced it in such a means that anybody who is aware of the place a few of these kids are rising up and the challenges that these kids face will perceive that particular consideration has to have been paid to the work that has been introduced, particularly whenever you have a look at kids in correctional centres.

“A few of these kids are despatched to jail or detained in police stations when the regulation truly says they shouldn’t be there. You might be speaking about kids who could have simply stolen N100 or N200 to purchase bread as a result of they’re hungry after which somebody drags them to court docket and they’re convicted.”

Additionally talking, the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions, Dr Babajide Martins, stated: “We have to separate kids who’re in battle with the regulation from kids who have to be protected due to their vulnerability. The opposite problem I’ve as a prosecutor is that for most youngsters who’re in battle with the regulation and who’ve been despatched to prisons exterior Lagos, it’s at all times very tough to carry them to court docket. And in the event you don’t have the logistics to carry them to court docket, then you’re blocking their proper to a good trial. That’s one thing that prisons want to have a look at.”

He proposed creating venues the place kids could possibly be tried nearly, and never essentially in a bodily courtroom.

Throughout her presentation, Prof. Ogunniran suggested, amongst different issues, to tell and encourage mother and father to not go away their kids in correctional amenities.

“Common visits from mother and father and different members of the family will assist bridge the hole in dwelling coaching, which can also be mandatory for his or her restoration and full growth,” she stated.

Additionally current had been the Chairman of the Council for Authorized Schooling, Chief Emeka Ngige (SAN), Toyin Bashorun (SAN) and Dr. Solomon Aigbavboam, the Governance and Fundraising Advisor to the VTCLC.

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