In Bauchi state, Nigeria, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday 25th May 2017 said that domestic molestation against children was on the high increase across the nooks and crannies of all the 36 states in Nigeria.
The Chief of UNICEF for Bauchi Field Office, Abdulai Kai Kai, disclosed this at a briefing on the 2017 Children’s Day Celebration, as follows:
“According to the findings of the 2014 Nigeria Violence Against Children Survey conducted by the National Population Commission with the support of the United States Centre for Disease Control and UNICEF, there is a high prevalence of violence against children in all the states in Nigeria.”
“Survey also noted that one in four girls and one in 10 boys experience sexual violence, while one in six girls and one in five boys experience emotional violence by a parent, caregiver or adult relative.
“So on the occasion of this year’s Nigerian Children’s Day, all must take action to end violence against children. Violence against children is found to be prevalent in all the states in Nigeria.
“I particularly call on the six states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Plateau and Taraba, which are supported by the UNICEF Nigeria, Bauchi Field Office to take action to end violence against children.”
The Chief of UNICEF for Bauchi Field Office, Abdulai Kai Kai, further disclosed that of the six states under the UNICEF, Bauchi Field Office, only Plateau and Taraba adopted Child Rights Laws despite the passage of the Nigeria Child Rights Act by the National Assembly in 2003.
He therefore urges the all the 36 states in Nigeria to domesticate Child Rights Laws and protects children from sexual abuse and physical molestation.