‘Protection of children’s rights is vital’

The Federal Government and other stakeholders have been urged to prioritise the protection of children against all forms of abuses.

The Federal Government and other stakeholders have been urged to prioritise the protection of children against all forms of abuses.
 
The Founder of Live Abundantly, Dr. Onyerinma Ama, who gave the advice, during the organisation’s Children Awareness Initiative Programme, with the theme: “Building A Better Future For Our Children,” identified child abuse, poverty, bullying, and insecurity as part of challenges facing children.
 
The event had in attendance pupils across primary and secondary schools in Lagos State, their teachers, artistes, government agencies and other stakeholders, who taught the pupils their right to various abuses.
 
While noting that it is the responsibility of the parents, teachers and caregivers to ensure that children’s mental wellbeing are secured, Ama emphasised the need to ensure that they are also protected from all forms of abuse.
 
She appealed to all children, especially girls, to report cases of abuse to the necessary quarters immediately, to nip the act in the bud and for the perpetrators to be apprehended.

Ama said: “A girl is not a sexual object, a girl must not be violated and if she’s is violated, it must be reported, it must be dealt with. And if you get married, you are not there to satisfy the sexual desires of your husband; you are there for other things.
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Advising the children, the Founder of Mirabel Centre, Lagos, Itoro Eze-Anaba, said: “If you are harassed or molested, you need to report immediately to a trusted adult, teacher, parent or any government agencies, because rape is a crime against humanity and perpetrators must be brought to justice.
 
She enjoined parents to train their boy-child to own up to their acts, adding that the girl-child too must be assured of their safety to make them safe and secured whenever any case of abuse is reported.
 
The Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2 Command, Onikan, Lagos, Adeyinka Adeleke, represented by SP Mukaila Ope, who said abuse of all forms are a daily reality for many Nigerian children with only a fraction ever receiving help, said six out of 10 children experience some form of violence – one in four girls and 10 per cent of boys have been victims of sexual violence.

He enjoined parents to give their time, affection, praise, and unconditional love and guide them jealously.
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