By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra),
Professor Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, OON, of the University of Nigeria Nsuka (UNN), has called on governments to improve on its efforts in making sure that laws are been implemented.
The varsity Don made the appeal in Awka the Anambra state capital while speaking to newsmen at the training of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and media organizations on the key provisions for violence against prohibition law (2010) and the child right law (2004).
Prof. Ezeilo at the training spoke extensively over the child right law and some critical issues of concern on the child juvenile justice system.
“I urge the media to be part of this crusade. We need to educate and disseminate information so that people will know these laws and know where to respond to when abused.
“The essence of this capacity building is because we need more specialized hands, people who will play constructive roles in the society.
“The implementation of these laws will bring justice to persons who are affected.
“We don’t make laws for just making sake. There ought to be concrete actions towards implementing it. Laws that are relevant should be given proper attention.
“Statistically, child defilement is rising on a daily. Having sexual intercourse with a child below eighteen is evil and punishable. And we will continue to make efforts in making sure that those guilty will face the law.
“We address social issues and we engage with advocacy. We protect widow’s right, elderly right and gender base violence both emotionally and psychological abuse, she stated.
It will be recalled that 25th November every year is a day set aside by United Nations for elimination on violence against women.