By Raphael Ede
To stem the tide of child abuse in Enugu state, the government has trained newly engaged focal persons that would work as social workers in the state Ministry of Gender Affairs.
At the training session for the new personnel yesterday, renowned crusader against child abuse and neglect, Prof Peter Ebigbo, described the recent signing into law of the Child Rights Act in the state by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, as a clear manifestation of his interest in the welfare of the vulnerable group in the society.
Ebigbo spoke in a keynote address during a training workshop organized by the state Ministry of Gender Affairs and Social Development for the welfare officers in charge of the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
According to the clinical psychologist “History was made in Enugu state when the child rights law was passed. The governor of Enugu state deserves accolades for this incredibly comprehensive child protection instrument in the state.”
He thanked the state Ministry of Gender Affairs for its giant strides and urged the participants to avail themselves of this opportunity towards rendering selfless service to the people.
Also speaking, the chairman of the state committee who is also the Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, paid glowing tribute to Governor Ugwuanyib for his positive approach to the issue of child rights and welfare in the state.
“The system has been sanitised based on His Excellency’s magnanimity,” the Anglican cleric said.