Senate bans pedophiles, rapist from working with children

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The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday passed an amendment to the child’s rights act of 2003 making anyone convicted of sexual offence unfit to work with children.

This followed the presentation of report by the Chairman of the committee on women affairs, Betty Apiafi on the child’s rights act amendment.

The lawmakers noted that this amendment will further give protection to the Nigerian child against any form of sexual violence and abuse suffered in the hands of caregivers and others.

The Senate also passed the older persons rights and privileges bill which aims to address the social and economic challenges triggered by aging and the need for government to formulate policies that will incorporate the elderly and cater for their well-being.

The bill also provides for a fine of 2 million naira or 200,000 from organizations or individuals respectively who discriminates against older persons.

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