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UNICEF urges parents to protect Nigerian children against violence

 *The United Nations Children’s Fund urges parents to always protect their children or wards against all forms of violence, saying children are facing unusual challenges in the country

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In view of the increasing spate of insecurity of lives and property and attendant socio-economic dislocations across the country in recent times, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says parents should always protect their children or wards against all forms of violence.

Dr. Wilfred Mammah, a child protection specialist with UNICEF, made the appeal while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria Monday, May 31, 2021, in Kaduna.

The UNICEF official said: “As we celebrate children’s day, it is important for all of us as parents to know that children are the bedrock of the society. As such, there is need for us to protect them.

“Children are facing unusual challenges in our country. They are violated almost everywhere in schools, homes and communities.

“This violence against children includes sexual, physical, psychological assaults, among others.”

The UN agency commended the Kaduna State Government to enact the child protection law, establishment of the ministry of human services and social development and the Salama Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC) that address issues of violence against children.

According to Dr. Mammah, the first thing to do as a parent in protecting the children is to be responsible by catering for their needs such as feeding, clothing, descent shelter and education, adding that parents are primary caregivers.

He pointed out that it is important for parents to know their children and monitor their interaction, especially the content of their phones if they had any.

The official as well urged survivors of abuse to report the matter either to SARC or other authorities in charge of protecting the child.

“The primary duty bearers are the parents, we bring these children to life and we must protect them.

“If as a parent you find your spouse abusing your child, you should report him or her because issues of rape and child defilement are not a family thing but a crime,” Mammah added.

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