Live Abundantly launches children Awareness Initiative
In commemoration of the 2019 Children’s Day, Live Abundantly, a Non-governmental Organisation has launched its Children Awareness Initiative to stem the tide of rising incidence of violence and sexual abuse against children.
The initiative, in conjunction with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Person (NAPTIP), International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian Police Force, promised to cooperate and mobilise resources to tackle all forms of violence against children across the country.
The event, held at the Teslim Balogun Indoor Sports Hall, Surulere, Lagos, was graced by pupils from 91 public schools across the state’s education strict 4 Division.
Founder of Live Abundantly, Dr. Ama Onyerinma, who described violence against children as pervasive, noted that it occurs in homes, schools, workplaces and on social media platforms. She reiterated the organisation’s determination to end the social malaise.
Dr. Ama: “Live Abundantly is determined to mobilise the will and resources to tackle all forms of violence against children wherever it occurred. It should be noted that perpetrators of this evil act often include the people children are expected to trust- parents, caregivers, friends, teachers, intimate partners and other family members.
“We are currently analysing strategy on how we can move into every education district in the state to create awareness on the various forms of violence against them. This would enable them gain a deeper understanding of the drivers of violence against them.”
She advised children to speak out when they are faced with violence. “We are supporting the government to track and monitor reported cases to end the menace. Violence against children affects them for life. The marks of sexual violence, human trafficking and child labour were sometimes visible bruises and broken bones.
The Chairperson of Lagos State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), Mrs. Olabisi Ariyo, represented by Mr. Ganiyu Oshodi advised the pupils not to allow themselves to be deceived into travelling abroad, noting that it is an ignoble trade of human trafficking, where victims are exposed to modern day slavery.
She encouraged them to make use of the school suggestion boxes, whenever they are confronted with such circumstances and are afraid to speak up.