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‘Nigeria not committed to ending violence against children’

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The North Central Cordinator of the West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), Mr. Nathaniel Awuapila, has said that Nigeria lacks adequate commitment to addressing violence against Children.

Awuapila who made this known via his official Facebook Page on Wednesday said the country lacks a well conceived budget plan to address child-specific issues.

He also decried the lack of an appropriate Federal Institution to address childhood violence and Violence Against Children (VAC).

Awuapila quoting the National Population Commission (NPOPC 2011 & NPOPC/UNICEF 2015), said Children constitute about 50 per cent of Nigeria’s population, and at least half of them are exposed to violence including emotional, sexual, and physical violence.

He also recalled that UNICEF had on March 7, 2019 stated that the cumulative economic cost of violence against children in Nigeria is N6.1 Billion or 1.07 per cent of the country’s GDP.

To this end the North-Central Coordinator urged that the Federal Government declares Emergency on VAC or that a commission be created on VAC.

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