A consortium of Non-Governmental Organisations, Child Protection Network, has alleged that some of the inmates freed from illegal Olore Correctional Centre are back in “incarceration with operators of similar establishments.
The group which promotes the rights of the children and protect them from all form of abuses expressed shock that children were among inmates in the illegal centre recently uncovered in Ojoo area of Ibadan.
It said the existence of the centre was “emblematic of the severe and abuse that children and youth face in Oyo State.”
The group at a press conference organised to mark the Universal Children’s Day, which held at the conference room of State Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, on Wednesday, Secretariat, Ibadan, called on the state government to take over the facility and establish a rehabilitation centre which will set the standard and benchmark for other similar centres.
Commending Seyi Makinde-led administration on its free and quality education policy, CPN coordinator in Oyo State, Dr Ebunlomo Walker who read the position of the group, noted that other forms of abuses and denial of child rights abound in Oyo state, adding that it is increasing exponentially.
She urged the state government to tackle the challenges facing children such as malnutrition, Sexual Abuse of the Girl Child, Female Genital Mutilation, Child Trafficking, Child Hawkers and Beggers and Under education including School drop-out.
The physician also called for the full implementation of the Child Rights Law, stressing that it would “ensure that all children everywhere, including children with disability and those living with other stigmatizing conditions are given every right to survive and thrive.”