Gov Ambode decries rising wave of divorce

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has expressed his dissatisfaction over the worrying cases of divorce in the state and the exposure of affected children to abuse and neglect.The governor made his submission at the National Conference of Family Court Judges and Magistrates in Lagos.With the theme “A Critical Appraisal of the Impact and Role of Family Courts in the Administration of Justice in Nigeria’’ the conference kicked off but not without the presence of the deputy governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, who represented Governor Ambode.Gov Ambode said that more 10 million Nigerian children are homeless or exposed to social vices.He said such happenings can be blamed on economic challenges which have endangered family to the extent of causing separation.“Our administration strongly believes in the Child Rights Act; we have a responsibility to ensure that no child is unduly deprived of the basic necessities of life.“Lagos State Government decries the act of violence done against any person which was why it provided proactive reforms in the justice sector to handle incidents of abandonment, domestic assault, child abuse and sexual violation through counselling and prosecution.“I commend the performance of the judiciary in Lagos, and urge it to rise up to the challenges in the fast-evolving era,’’ Gov Ambode said.

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