The First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode has called on all relevant stakeholders in the State to effectively collaborate with the government in its bid to completely neutralize every form of abuse confronting the potential leaders of tomorrow, towards attainment of the Sustainability Development Goals (SDG) to eradicate all forms of the illegal act.
According to her, the Lagos State Government craves the support of all stakeholders within and outside the State to make the dream of a society free from child abuse a reality.
The SDG’s 17 goals and 169 targets are designed to eliminate poverty, discrimination, abuse and preventable deaths, address environmental destruction and usher in an era of development for people everywhere.
Ambode, who was speaking at the 2017 Children’s Day Celebration themed: “Child Protection and the Sustainable Development Goals: Issues and Opportunities” at Agege Stadium described the extent at which some parent’s rain curses on their biological children as shocking, not minding the aftermath.
Expressing her displeasure at scenarios of abuse, she said: “It could be heartbreaking seeing the inhuman and degrading treatment being meted out to Nigerian children at home, schools and institutions where actually, they should be well cared for”.
She stressed that the Lagos State Government as a responsible Government has in place several initiatives to ensure children rights are protected such as establishment of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), 11 Family Magistrate Courts and 2 Family High Courts.
The First Lady appealed to families to provide for children’s basic needs, as failure to do so would leave the child with lifelong psychological scars, adding that it is a fact that nations that experience prosperity are those where family stability is jealously guided and must be inculcated.
She, however, urged children who are subject to abuse to speak out when molested, adding that it will build the child’s confidence and increase their potentials in life.
In her remarks, the State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf said the Children’s Day Celebration is a reminder that rights of the Children should be upheld while teaching those principles and discipline that will help them become enviable adults in the future.
She said it is crucial for all stakeholders in the society to understand every infringement that constitutes child abuse and is involved in the effort to bring about change to curb reports of violence and abuse of our children on a daily basis.
In her words, “We must understand that the Rights of our children and their future will only be guaranteed when there is an effective collaboration between Government and the populace”.
Uzamat implored the public to notify the Ministry about any form of Child Abuse observed in any home and community within their environment and also take necessary steps to eradicate all forms of abuse against children.