FG, UN to end violence against children in Nigeria—Health Minister

Federal Government, in partnership with the Office of United Nations Secretary General has agreed to end violence against children in Nigeria.

The Minister of State for Health. Osagie Ehanire who disclosed this in Abuja while meeting with Special Representative of United Nation Secretary General, Marta Santos Pais, said

Nigerian government was committed to end all forms of violence Against Children.

He said “the government is committed to end violence against children in Nigeria, the present administration opted for a slogan change, the change we always talk about is not just to the team but change of direction and ways of doing things and obviously one important  change is to address violence against children”

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“Violence against children is unwholesome, medically it has negative effect on the emotional and mental health of the growing child and some of this damage last for life and some of the children will also grow up to become violent”

He said ending Violence Against Children is a multi-sectorial task, stating that all the line ministries which include Health, Justice, Education, Women Affairs and Social Development would jointly workout strategies toward putting an end to violence against children.

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In her remarks the visiting UN Special Representative to Nigeria Marta Santos Pais said that Federal Ministry of Health had greater role to play in ending violence against children.

“The Ministry should develop a parent-child communication training Manual on sexuality and on the health implications of violence against children.” She added.

She also urged the ministry to develop public health messages on violence against children and implement a public campaign to promote awareness on the negative impact of violence on children’s health including engagement with community leaders and existing community –owned resource persons.

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