Why child abuse may remain prevalent in Nigeria – Experts

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Child protection experts have raised concerns on increasing prevalence of child abuse in Nigeria stressing that despite measures to tackle child abuse in the country, children are still made victims of various forms of abuses such as child marriages, sexual violence, abduction of children, molestation, child labor, and neglect, among other forms.

Speaking on the issue, they expressed fears of continued prevalence in the country as the child rights act which seeks to provide and protect the rights of a Nigerian child has not been domesticated in some in some parts of the country.

BDSUNDAY findings shows that laws and policies put into place with the purpose of protecting children from abuse have not been effective for many reasons including poor enforcement mechanisms, poverty, corruption, lack of rehabilitation of sexual offenders, negative attitude of parents, and inefficient judicial processes.

Sharon Oladiji, Child protection specialist, UNICEF, speaking to Businessday said the child rights act which was adopted in Nigeria in 2003 has over the years suffered neglect especially in the northern states.

Only 24 states have so far domesticated the child right act in Nigeria, and according to her, “it’s is disheartening to know that the states yet to domesticate the act often tops the list of child abuse cases recorded in the country. This is a call to all state governments to domesticate and fully implement the child right act”.

Statistics show that Sokoto, Kastina, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kano, Jigawa, Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states are yet to domesticate the act.

Oladiji speaking further noted that the global trend of urbanisation, unplanned population, wrong societal values as well as conflict has taken a severe toll on the average Nigerian child adding that the actions and in-actions of the government and civil society have … Read More...