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LASG reaffirms commitment to end violence against children


Lagos – The Lagos State Government on Friday reaffirmed its commitment to end violence against children and ensure safe and secure future for the Nigerian child.
Mrs Lola Akande, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation in the state, announced this while inaugurating the sub-committee on the launch of “Year of Action to End Violence against Children (VAC)’’ in Lagos.
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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the programme would be inaugurated in February.
Akande said that VAC was crucial to the state government in view of cases of violence being perpetuated against children in the state.
She said that children were the bedrock of any nation, hence the need to safeguard their future by putting an end to any form of violence against them.
According to her, children experience different forms of abuses, many of which are not usually reported.
The commissioner said that the desire to end the menace prompted the state government, through the ministry, to partner UNICEF to ensure a successful launch of the programme.
She said that evidence had shown that violence had negative mental, physical and cognitive development in children.
According her, violence against children usually leads to depression, anxiety, injury and makes them susceptible to HIV and AIDS.
Akande said that violence against children was unacceptable, emphasising that government would continue to do all within its power to end the menace for the safety of the children.
She said that measures had been adopted by the government to attain the goal, and urged members of various sub-committees to work in unison and mobilise all stakeholders for successful launch of the VAC.
In her speech, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Olanike Oduwole, charged members of the sub-committee to take the assignment seriously in view of its importance to the state government.
Oduwole said that sub-committees of the programme should see the assignment as their commitment to securing the future of children in the state.
Responding on behalf of members of the sub-committee, Mrs Toro Oladapo, Director of Public Affairs in the Ministry of Information and Strategy, thanked the commissioner for choosing them to serve.
Oladapo pledged the commitment of members of the sub-committees to ensure a successful launch of VAC. (NAN)

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