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UNICEF commends Plateau for working to end violence against children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has commended the Plateau Government for inaugurating an action plan to end violence against children in the state.

The UNICEF Communication Officer in Bauchi, Mr Samuel Kaalu, announced this in a statement issued in Jos on Monday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Plateau became the fourth state in Nigeria to inaugurate such campaign on Sept. 29.

Inaugurations of similar action plan across the country are responses to a report of a survey conducted in 2014 by the National Population Commission (NPC) with support from UNICEF and other agencies.

The survey revealed high prevalence of violence against children in Nigeria, which necessitated the inauguration of the National Action Plan on violence against children in September 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Kaalu said the UNICEF would also render all the needed support to the Plateau government to reduce violence against children both in the state and the entire country.

“We pledge UNICEF’s support to Plateau in its efforts to fight all forms of violence against children.

“All efforts at child survival and development would be diminished if society allows unmitigated violence to be unleashed on children,” he said.

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