UNICEF boss decries high rate of abuse among teenagers

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has said that approximately 6 out of every 10 children of age less than 18 in the country  experience some form of physical, emotional or sexual violence annually.

The agency’s Communication Officer, Media and  External Relations, Mr. Samuel Kaalu, made this known during an orientation with newsmen in Jos the Plateau state capital on Monday.

Our correspondent gathered that it is against this background that UNICEF and Plateau state ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development organised a 1-day media orientation meeting entitled: “Violence Against Children and the Campaign to end it.

According to him, “one in two children experience physical violence; one in four girls and one in ten boys experience sexual violence; and one in six girls and one in five boys experience emotional violence.”

“Plateau State is the fourth State in Nigeria to respond to the call made by President Muhammadu Buhari during the launch of the national Action to End Violence Against Children that every State in Nigeria initiate its own campaign. ”

He further stated that President Buhari launched the national Action to End Violence against Children on 15 September 2015. In response to that call to  end violence against Children campaign for Plateau State will be launched in Jos by the Governor Simon  Lalong on Thursday.

“The Orientation /Ethical Training is to sensitise the media as well as enhance their skills on reportage of children’s issues as part of overall efforts  to raise awareness on the end violence against children campaign in Plateau State, given that the role of the media in helping to end violence against children can never be  overemphasized”, he maintained.⁠⁠⁠⁠

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