Oyo: Giant Strides For Children’s Rights As Gov. Makinde Launches ‘Family Court’

July 10, 2020
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Stating the need for adequate representation of Children’s Rights in order to serve as protection from crimes pepetrated against juveniles, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday commissioned the launch of a family court.

Today, we commissioned the Family Court for Oyo State. Although the Child’s Rights Act, 2003 was domesticated in Oyo State in 2006, the Family Court where the rights of children will be enforced was not established until now”, the Governor said.

Governor Makinde said the commission of the Family Court. Is based on one of thr points raised in his administration’s Roadmap to Accelerated Development in Oyo State, 2019-2023, as a means of strengthening the laws around the Child’s Rights Act, 2003.

“Although this Act was domesticated in Oyo State in 2006, the court where this law was to be enforced was not established”, he said.
“ We all know what happens when a law is made but the architecture for enforcement is non-existent”.

Makinde posited that the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion would be better positioned to carry out their responsibilities, working in tandem with the Family Court.

“ I will therefore want to use this opportunity to call on the good people of Oyo State to not hesitate to contact the Oyo Ministry of Women Affairs Rapid Response Team (OYOMWA-RRT) should they see any child’s rights being violated”, he said.

The Governor revealed that all other issues  that directly impact the family and the child will be resolved in the Family Court.

The Governor’s Full Speech Reads:

IT IS ALWAYS A DELIGHT FOR ME to be part of activities that show the collaboration between the three arms of government. Certainly, our growth as a people is strongly dependent on the synergy between the executive, judiciary and legislature.

Today, we are here to commission the Family Court. You may recall that one of the points raised in our Roadmap to Accelerated Development in Oyo State, 2019-2023 is to play our part in strengthening the laws around the Child’s Rights Act, 2003.

Although this Act was domesticated in Oyo State in 2006, the court where this law was to be enforced was not established. We all know what happens when a law is made but the architecture for enforcement is non-existent.

With the establishment of this court, the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion will be better positioned to carry out their responsibilities. I will therefore want to use this opportunity to call on the good people of Oyo State to not hesitate to contact the Oyo Ministry of Women Affairs Rapid Response Team (OYOMWA-RRT) should they see any child’s rights being violated.

Violation of a child’s rights will include all sorts of physical and emotional abuse. I can assure you that they will be swift in their response and they will make sure that the rights of that child are protected.

Also, all other issues that directly impact the family and the child will be resolved in this court.

So, I look forward to continued cordial relationship with all arms of government to the overall benefit of the people of Oyo State.
I therefore declare this Family Court open.

Governor Seyi Makinde, July 09, 2020.

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