FG in­au­gu­rates task force on child sex­ual abuse, vi­o­lence

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ojoma Akor

The federal govern­ment has set up a na­tional joint task force for the preven­tion of child sex­ual abuse in the coun­try.

In­au­gu­rat­ing the com­mit­tee in Abuja, Min­is­ter of Women Af­fairs Ha­jiya Zainab Maina said it was to ad­dress the grow­ing cases of vi­o­lence against chil­dren, es­pe­cially child sex­ual abuse, rape and ab­duc­tion of in­no­cent chil­dren.

The mem­ber­ship of the task force was drawn from the Nigeria Law Re­form Com­mis­sion, Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion, NAPTIP, Le­gal Aid Coun­cil, Pub­lic Com­plaint Com­mis­sion, Min­istries of In­for­ma­tion, Jus­tice, For­eign Af­fairs, Ed­u­ca­tion and Health as well as the Nigeria Po­lice, NOA, and the Chris­tian and Mus­lim Women As­so­ci­a­tions of Nigeria.

This is com­ing on the heels of the re­cent ter­ror at­tacks and ab­duc­tion of about 200 girls from a school in Chi­bok, Borno state. “The ter­ror at­tacks and ab­duc­tion of chil­dren from schools in the North-East of the coun­try is a clear demon­stra­tion of the ex­tent of vi­o­lence meted to the Nige­rian child,” the min­is­ter said.

She said when­ever there are in­sur­gen­cies or nat­u­ral dis­as­ters chil­dren be­come easy tar­gets as they are killed, maimed or ab­ducted.

Chil­dren are also made to hawk in the streets where they are ex­posed to all kinds of haz­ards in­clud­ing child sex­ual abuse dur­ing eco­nomic chal­lenges, she said.

Min­is­ter of Women Af­fairs Zainab Maina

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