Children playing in school playground ©

British Council/Nick Cavanagh

September 2021

The Child Protection Network (CPN), in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, has established new committees in four local government areas (LGAs) in Adamawa state: Mubi, Numan, Yola-North and Yola-South. 

The committees are responsible for promoting the rights and welfare of children and reporting cases of child abuse to the appropriate authorities. Each committee is under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development and has 15 members from government institutions, faith-based organisations, community-based organisations, civil society organisations. 

To date, the impact of the CPN has been limited since it existed only in the state capital and three of 21 LGAs of the state. Furthermore, the absence of the Child Right’s Law in Adamawa has exposed children to abuse, exploitation and lack of adequate protection from the relevant authorities. 

This initiative draws on lessons learned from similar committees in Anambra and Lagos states.