WACOL Trains Stakeholders On Effective Response To Child Abuse, Neglect In Enugu


Women Aid Collective (WACOL) in collaboration with the Agents for Citizen-Driven Transformation (ACT),Programme funded by the European Union and implemented by the British Council has trained relevant stakeholders on effective response to child abuse, neglect in Enugu.

The stakeholders which include State Law Officers, Police Prosecutors among others participated in a three-day training which kicked off on Tuesday 28th March and ended on 30th March 2023 at Oaklands Hotel, Enugu.

In her welcome address, the Executive Director of WACOL Prof. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo(OON, SAN) condemned various forms of abuse suffered by children in society, adding that children require adequate protection from abuse.

She assured participants that at the end of the training their knowledge will be strengthened on the rights and responsibilities of a child, including existing relevant local and international laws and policies and best practices to improve law enforcement intervention in the state.

On his part, Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Ammani who was represented by Officer in-Charge Legal and Prosecution, Enugu State Police Command , CSP Paschal Nwachukwu, charged law enforcement agents to ensure that rights of children are protected.

He charged them to ensure that those caught violating children’s rights should be properly prosecuted.

Some of the topics discussed at the training include, rights and responsibilities of a child, harmful traditional practices, common myths and realities about child abuse, and protection provided for children under the law.

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The stakeholders were also trained on different international laws protecting the child including Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights, United Nation Convention on rights of a child and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child amongst others.

At the end of the three-day training, there was a communique signed by the key officers from different organizations.

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