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Children’s Day: Ambode wants perpetrators of violence against children punished

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Friday said that perpetrators of physical, sexual or psychological violence against children would be punished in the state.

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Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Friday said that perpetrators of physical, sexual or psychological violence against children would be punished in the state.

Ambode, represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, said this at the 2016 International Children’s Day celebration organised by the state Ministry of Education.

The theme for this year’s celebration in Nigeria is: “Protect the rights of the child in the face of violence and insecurity: End child marriage.’’

The governor said that abuse against children such as rape of minors, kidnapping and child trafficking was becoming a norm in the society and
called for concern.

“Findings from Violence Against Children (VAC) survey shows that six of every 10 children under 18-years in Nigeria are being abused, especially by the people they refer to as family members.

“I assure you that we committed to ensuring that anyone who engages in any form of abuse against any child shall be dealt with under the law.

“We are currently demonstrating that in the case of those involved in the kidnap of students in Ikorodu. That criminal act will be brought to justice.

“I have also directed that adequate security be provided around all public and private schools to forestall a recurrence in any part of the state,’’ he said.

Ambode promised that his administration would continue to invest in the education and future of the children in the state.

In his remarks, Mr Adesina Odeyemi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, said that the day was set aside to celebrate childhood and the leaders of tomorrow.

Odeyemi urged stakeholders, parents and childcare givers to protect the rights of children and protect them from all forms of violence and abuses to prepare them for the future.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that highlight of the event held at the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos, included march past, debate competition, award presentation, dance and drama.

The annual Children’s Day in Nigeria is celebrated every May 27 to honour children.

The Day was created as part of the efforts of the United Nation to protect children from long working hours and dangerous situations in the society.

It was also set aside to give every child the opportunity to acquire formal education.