By Rita Iliya
Minna – The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) says it has partnered with the Niger Child Right Protection Agency to protect the rights of children against violence and abuses.
Mr Utpal Motra, UNICEF Chief of Field Office, Kaduna, said this when he led a team of UNICEF officials on a working visit to the agency in Minna on Friday.
He said that UNICEF was concerned about the increasing rate of child abuse and on top of the matter to tackle ill treatment of children or wards by parents or guardians.
According to him, sentencing offenders will not address the issue of violence against children completely.
“Issues such as rape must be taken seriously to ensure that preventive measures are put in place to protect children against violence before such violence is perpetrated.
Motra advised the agency to create a child protection system across the 25 local government areas of the state, to ensure that children of school age attend school.
He stressed the need for such children to be properly guarded against all forms of abuses.
Earlier, Mrs Mairam Kolo, Director-General of the agency, said that the agency was aimed at protecting and enforcing the rights of children in the state.
She disclosed that the agency would soon embark on a sensitisation campaign to various local government areas to sensitise the people on the dangers of violating children’s rights.