Wife of the Enugu state governor, Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi has restated her commitment to ensuring the domestication of the child rights act in the state as passed into law by the Federal Government in 2003.
Mrs. Ugwuanyi noted that she would collaborate with the State Ministry of Gender Affairs to fast track the domestication of the said law to alleviate problems of children in the state.
In a speech when she received in audience the young African Stars of Nigeria led by their National President, Amb George Uru Nwoke in her office, Mrs. Ugwuanyi assured that her office would continue to deal with the issue of child right act until it is actualized in the state.
The wife of the governor thanked the group for their advocacy for the right of children in Nigeria and their other efforts to make children better tomorrow leaders, urging them not to relent in that direction.
Earlier in an address, Mr. Uru Nwoke disclosed that the organization bagged an award from the United Nation for its fight against maltreatment of children and child right act in the country.
He noted that the organization was in the Government House to thank Mrs. Ugwuanyi and her husband for their efforts towards domestication of child right law in the state.
Mrs. Ugwuanyi also thereafter received in audience the new Commandant of Enugu Prison Training School, Lady Clementina Okpara whom she commended for her efforts in reforming the prison inmates through skill acquisition programmes. She affirmed her readiness to assist the Prison Training School to ensure the wellbeing of the prison inmates.
According to the governor’s wife, training and retraining of the inmates would go a long way in creating job opportunities for them and reduce crime rates among them after serving their jail term.
Mrs. Ugwuanyi urged that the female inmates should be properly handled, adding that close contacts with their male counterparts should be avoided to prevent cases of rape and other social ills that could tarnish their images.
In an address, the Commandant, Lady Okpara revealed that prisons are no longer called prisons but correction and reformation centre intended for positive attitudinal and character changes
She added that the training school has packaged skill acquisition programmes for training and retraining of the inmates to be experts in different fields of human endeavour, saying that the school has trained its staff in different fields to enable them impact the knowledge on the inmates.
She enumerated the areas of training as shoe making, production of detergents and other artisan skills but regretted that lack of machinery equipment has hindered all efforts being made.
She appealed to the Enugu state government to assist the training school, actualize its drive in vocational training of the inmates.