Distressed Children Will Soon Have Emergency Line - Osinbajo
Children who are distressed in Nigeria will soon have a special telephone line they could call for prompt intervention.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo hinted reporters of the plan on Saturday while marking the Children's Day at Akure, the capital of Ondo State.
Osinbajo, however cautioned parents and the society against practices that could be inimical to the lives of Nigerian children.
Such acts include child marriage, child molestation and other forms of child abuse, he said
Osinbajo, who promised to protect and defend Nigerian children through the child rights law, however, advised the children to be obedient and hard working.
The message of the acting president was delivered by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.In his own message, Akeredolu promised that his administration would ensure that key role players in the state’s Child Justice Administration are given the required professional training.
“There is no denying the fact that at all times, and especially during economic recession and conflict situations, children suffer and need protection against violence abuse, injustice and other forms of deprivation more than ever before.
“No government can therefore afford to abandon children related issues as today’s youths are future citizens, leaders and drivers of the various sectors of the society.
“That is why the persistent global increase in the reported cases of violence and abuse of children had continued to be a matter of concern to government and institutions at various levels,” he said.
Children in the northeast have been in distress in the past 7 years since the insurgency by the Boko Haram began.
Over 2 million people have been displaced in the north-east region, according to UNICEF.
Efforts are on to end the activities of the Boko Haram sect, that have left over 100 children malnourished.