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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.