The Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development has solicited for the support of Lagos Traffic Radio in its campaign against child abuse in the State.
The Director, Social Welfare and Sub-Committee Chairman on Child Rights Law, Mr. Ajao Olabode, speaking during a courtesy visit to the station reiterated the determination of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to stop at nothing in ensuring zero level of child abuse in Lagos.
He called for the support of all media organisations, especially the state-owned stations to support the public enlightenment campaign programme on the issue, stressing that such media support would go a long way in educating the populace and boost the efforts of the present administration in eradicating the scourge in Lagos.
According to him, ”I believe that Traffic Radio can help to promote the Child Rights Law and help save our children who are the leaders of tomorrow from incessant abuse and molestation in the State by educating residents on the Child Rights Law 2007”.
Also speaking, the Secretary of the Committee, Modupeola Sahid-Adebambo, who also doubles as Head, Child Protection Unit of the Ministry said last year, 250 reported cases of child abuse were recorded while 1,300 cases have been reported between January and October 2018.
”A survey in 2014, showed that one out of six girls are likely to get abused and one out of 10 boys are under threat to be molested or abused before the age of 18. It is cheaper to prevent than to respond to these cases, so the advocacy programme is coming at the right time to educate Lagosians” she said.
Also, a representative of the Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria, Moriam Ojelade reiterated the Association’s commitment to nipping child molestation and abuse in the bud.
Responding, Acting General Manager, Lagos Traffic Radio, Mr. Tayo Akanle, commended the committee for the visit, saying the station is eager to support such a laudable programme and will use all available means at its disposal to push the advocacy.
Akanle, however, used the opportunity to also call on the government to initiate strict penalties against perpetrators of such heinous crimes against children in the State.