Senate Bars Sexual Offenders From Working With Children

By Chioma Iruke

The Senate on Tuesday placed a ban on persons convicted of sexual offence from working with children.

This was as the lawmakers approved an amendment to the Child Right Act of 2003, following a presentation of the report by the Chairperson, Senate Committee on Women Affairs, Sen. Betty Apiafi during plenary.

The lawmaker noted that the amendment would further protect Nigerian child against any form of sexual violence and abuse in the hands of caregivers and others.

The Senate also passed the Older Persons (Rights and Privileges) Bill 2020 aimed at addressing the social and economic challenges triggered by aging and the need for government to formulate policies that would incorporate the elderly and cater for their well-being.

The bill also provides a fine of N2 million from organisations and N200, 000 on individuals who discriminate against older persons in the country.

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