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Ibikunle Amosun, the senator representing Ogun Central Senatorial district, has explained that he sponsored an amendment of the Child Rights Act to isolate persons convicted of attempted rape from working closely with children.

He made this known at a public hearing on the Child Rights Act’s general principles, 2003, on Tuesday in Abuja. The amendment process of this act begun on Wednesday, 27th November 2019.

Amosun pointed out that anyone convicted of attempted rape becomes unfit to work closely with children. As such, he should not be employed as a teacher or caregiver.

“As the Sponsor of the Child Rights Act, 2003 (Amendment) Bill, 2020, it gives me great pleasure to present these few remarks on the General Principles of the Bill.”

“The Bill was read for the first time in the Senate Chamber on Wednesday, 27th November 2019, and also read for the second time on Tuesday, 17th March, 2020.”

“Thereafter, the Bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Women Affairs for further legislative actions. Hence, this Public Hearing.”

“Distinguished Chairman and Members of the Committee on Women Affairs, invited Stakeholders, Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, this Bill when passed into law, seeks to ensure that any person convicted of attempted rape should be unsuitable to work with children.”

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“Apart from the existing punitive measures in relation to sexual offences against children, the thrust of this Bill is preventive in nature, and it is in line with the time tested wisdom that says “prevention is better than cure.”

“This Bill further gives protection to the Nigerian child against sexual violence and abuse suffered in the hands of caregivers and others, whom for lack of appropriate legal restrictions, have found themselves in positions that give them undue advantage and access to the children,” he said.

The lawmaker and former governor of Ogun State noted that the law would guarantee the Nigerian Child’s protection.

He insisted: “to guarantee protection of the Nigerian child by excluding certain categories of persons from being employed either as care givers, teachers or in any other circumstances that may expose or make such a child vulnerable or susceptible to sexual assault or sexual exploitation.”

“To declare and prohibit persons convicted of attempted Rape among others, unsuitable to work with children,” he concluded.

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