By Yakubu Salisu, Kano
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) yesterday, engaged stakeholders in the Kano justice system in a two days capacity building on standard operating procedures for handling cases involving children in conflict and in contact with the law.
The Capacity building training which took place at the Royal Tropicana Hotel, Kano had in attendance personnel of various security agencies magistrates and lawyers practicing in the State.
Emilia Alan, Child Protection Manager, UNICEF Kano, said that no doubt a lot of children are involved in incidences that exposes them to the law and as as children there is the need to protect their rights and the purpose of the training is to equip those working in the judicial sector with skills on how best to handle these children without infringing on their rights and exposing them to more trauma.
She said, children are a special group of people as such, the way their matters are handled most be different from adults which even the laws of the land are clear about so it is important for the actors in the sector to know these differences and act to protect the rights of children while going through the judicial process.
According to Alan, lack of knowledge and skills to handle these groups in the society has been identified as some of the major challenges bedeviling the sector but that with such training, it is hoped to get better day by day.
The program manager expressed optimism that with efforts put in place and the close working relationship between the UNICEF, Government and it’s other actors the issue of applying adult procedures for children will soon be a thing of the past.
Emilia further revealed that the Child-Right Act which is hoped to be passed into law by the State Government before the end of the year will further address some of the issues of Children’s rights just as the Hisbah and judges from the Sharia Courts were also trained on same issue about a month ago.
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