On Thursday, the United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF unveiled a report on the cost of child abuse in Nigeria.

The report said it cost Nigeria about 1.42 trillion naira every year.

To curtail the ugly trend, Mohamed Fall, who is the UNICEF’s representative in Nigeria, called on the Federal Government to implement recommendations of the reports.

He said the implementation would help the country to achieve target 16.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

He also emphasised the need to invest more in the protection of children in the country.

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“With the report we now know that violence against children, in any form, not only has a lifelong impact on a child’s physical and psychological development, it also eventually results in diminished human capital, affecting all of society.

“These reports are important because if Nigeria does not achieve the SDGs, including those on ending violence against children, the world will not achieve the SDGs. And the world is watching us,’’ the UNICEF official said.

Fall, who noted this year as the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, said “the inauguration was an important moment of reflection on the state of children’s rights in Nigeria 30 years after the world committed to promoting and protecting them”.

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