By Ado Hasaan, Sokoto
Marking the 2021 Children’s Day celebration in Sokoto state, Hajiya Kulu Sifawa, Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs said the state recorded no fewer than 411 rape , defilement and gendre based violence within a period of one year.
The Theme of this year’s celebration is ” Unite to Reverse the Impact of Covid -19 Pandemic”.
Making the startling revelation at the Women Development Centre, Sokoto venue of the event, Sifawa said the state government was doing a lot in its drive to protect child’s right in the state, adding that ” we will not relent towards supporting the course of child’s protection .
” The state government will always ensure the domestication of the Child Rights Act and to this end, my Ministry in actor be partnership with CSOs and NGOs is working round the clock to ensure victims of rape, defilement and GBV get justice”, She vowed.
Similarly, the Commissioner rooted for stiffer penalty for perpetrators of such offences while blaming the growing rate of rape cases in the country on moral decadence.
She further enjoined and cautioned parents on the urgent need to rise to their responsibilities as custodians and drivers of moral values of their children .
In the same vein, while commenting on the recent case of a girl who’s aunty caged her for months , Sifawa said the state government would finance her medical bills, assuring that her welfare would also be ensured as She vowed that the aunty would face justice accordingly.
” We will ensure that the aunty faces the full wrath of the law”, Sifawa stressed.
Meanwhile, the state first lady, Hajiya Mariya Aminu Tambuwal took time to celebrate the annual event at the Skyland Amusement Park, Sokoto with pupils of Abdulrasheed Adisa Raji Special School, Sokoto.
At the venue of he event where She showered the pupils with gifts as well prayed for them, Hajiya Tambuwal reminded that children were gifts of nature by God thus, deserved to be protected and cared for with every sense of responsibility , sensitivity and the fear of God.