Written by Ijeoma UKAZU

6 out of 10 children in Nigeria experience violation - NPC

A survey by National Population Commission, NPC, has lamented the high prevalence of violence against children, showing that six out of 10 children in Nigeria experience some form of violation.

Addressing journalists at a two-day media dialogue organised by the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF on End Violence Against Children, VAC in Ibadan, Oyo state, a representative of the NPC, Mr. Onogu Sylvanus, said "before the age of 18 years; approximately six out of 10 children experience some form of violence. One in two children experience physical violence, one in four girls and one in 10 boys experience sexual violence. One in six girls and one in five boys experience emotional violence."

Sylvanus however said violence is rarely an isolated incident and that 80 percent of children experience physical violence, 70 percent experience sexual and 80 percent emotional which are usually experienced in multiple occasions.

He however said children often experience more than one type of violence, adding that such act of violence can occur either at same time or at different point in children.

NPC further stated that, "girls are significantly more likely to experience both sexual and physical violence than other combination of violence while the boys are significantly more likely to experience both physical and. Emotional violence than other form of violence.

A UNICEF child protection specialist, Sharon Oladiji, lamented the hindrances faced with the implementation of child right.

Stating the bottlenecks to securing rights of the Nigerian child, Oladiji said the hindrances are multi-dimensional and multi sectoral.

According to her, "we have to engage in capacity building for the child right protection managers in the country. Capacity building with law enforcement agencies, institutions that are supposed to implement the child law are all having a lot of bottlenecks.

"Across board, survivors’ rights developments is paramount. We have to programme for it and we have to make funding available and enforce implementation generally. All these are investments we need to make to realise rights of children."

She however called on the Federal government to have a cohesive and protective law for the Nigerian child, stressing the need for all levels of government to implement laws that will protect the need of the children.

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