Treat­ing cases of vi­o­lence against chil­dren with lax­ity fu­els trend – FG

Daily Trust - - HOME FRONT - By Ruby Leo

The Min­is­ter of Women Af­fairs and So­cial Devel­op­ment, Se­na­tor Aisha Jum­mai Al­has­san, called on stake­hold­ers ad­vo­cat­ing for a stop to vi­o­lence against chil­dren to treat such cases with the se­ri­ous­ness it de­serves if the trend is to be stopped across the coun­try.

The min­is­ter who was speak­ing at a press brief­ing, themed, ‘Pro­tect the Rights of the Child in the Face of Vi­o­lence and Insecurity: End Child Mar­riage’, said all per­pe­tra­tors must face the full wrath of the law.

She said de­spite var­i­ous laws put in place to check the trend, vi­o­lence against chil­dren were still car­ried out at var­i­ous re­gions in the coun­try at an alarm­ing rate.

Al­has­san who was rep­re­sented by Mrs Binta Bello, the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the min­istry said the “Nige­rian so­ci­ety is cur­rently bat­tling with high in­ci­dence of Vi­o­lence Against Chil­dren (VAC) rang­ing from child rape, de­file­ment, ab­duc­tion, kid­nap­ping and baby farm­ing which takes place in the home, on the streets, in schools, at work place and in­sti­tu­tions.”

Al­has­san ap­pealed to stake­hold­ers to com­mence ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of their re­spec­tive sec­tor pri­or­ity ac­tions for ad­dress­ing VAC for a bet­ter so­ci­ety.

The min­is­ter as­sured that vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren who were ma­jorly side­lined in the so­ci­ety were not left out in the in­ter­ven­tions of the gov­ern­ment.

“More wor­ri­some is the is­sue of vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren who face sig­nif­i­cant barriers to en­joy­ing their fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights. child care

“They are of­ten de­nied ac­cess to ba­sic ser­vices such as health ed­u­ca­tion and are ex­posed to dis­crim­i­na­tion as well as sex­ual, phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal vi­o­lence.

The per­ma­nent sec­re­tary, rep­re­sented by Mrs Ge­or­gia Azogu, Direc­tor, Child Devel­op­ment, stated that the year’s Chil­dren’s Day celebration was a time for stake­hold­ers to eval­u­ate poli­cies tar­geted at child devel­op­ment in the coun­try.

“Should we as gov­ern­ment, civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions, part­ners and duty bear­ers ac­cess the ef­fec­tive­ness of our in­ter­ven­tion mea­sures in pro­tect­ing our chil­dren from vi­o­lence?

“This is crit­i­cal in view of the alarm­ing cases of VAC in re­cent times.

“We must pause and ask th­ese per­ti­nent ques­tions; does it mean that our pol­icy re­sponses are not well de­signed; are we not putting enough re­sources into the se­cu­rity sec­tor?

“Are the key in­ter­ven­tions not well im­ple­mented; are the plan­ning, strate­gies not well tar­geted; is the aware­ness, sen­si­ti­sa­tion pro­gramme not di­rected at the right peo­ple?”

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