From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The Kaduna state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Hafsat Baba has said that , people buy and sell children like groundnut in the state .
The commissioner made this known while addressing the media at Kaduna NUJ Council yesterday.
She added that, the ministry has so far rescued 37 girls from child traffickers,
Hafsat Baba also disclosed that the, state will launch its Violence Against Children Programme on 11th October, 2017, at the Umar Musa Yar’adua Indoor Sports Hall of Murtala Square.
The Commissioner said the programme is aimed at sensitizing citizens on the dangers of child abuse.
According to her, Kaduna state children are being sold and some stolen for domestic servants . she added that her Ministry is handling cases of over 37 children rescued from child traffickers, and soon release them back to their parents and guidance.
Baba further said that Kaduna State government is deeply concerned about the frequent cases of violence against children across the state. Adding that the decision to launch the campaign is out concerns not only reduce the frequency level , but also possibly stop it entirely .
While explaining that similar programme was launched at the national level by President Muhammadu Buhari at Abuja ,where he urged all 36 states to follow suit, she said “ If we launch our campaign on Violence Against Children tomorrow ,Kaduna State will the 7th state to have done so “
She further explained that there was a document ,which was reviewed with relevant stakeholders ranging from religious , traditional ,Civil Society Organisations , Non-Governmental Organisations,Media and other relevant stakeholders to study the document and domesticate in line with the culture and religion of the people .
On mechanism put in place to stop violence against children in the state , she said “ Governor Nasir El-Rufai is committed and ready to ensure that once the State Assembly passed the Child Rights Act ,he will sign it immediately.
She added that, earlier, a group of pharmacists, , SEMA , NEMA , police , immigration and among other compositions have formed a child protection network against child trafficking.
“We have written to ministry of justice to do their work, as well as the security agencies who will investigate the issues, therefore, we shall continue to follow-up case and ensure that justice is served, just like the way I told you of Zainab, that we followed that case and make sure that case got to high court.