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Fashola’s deputy, wife, others lead crusade against child abuse

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Fashola’s deputy, wife, others lead crusade against child abuse


Lagos State Deputy Governor Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire; the governor’s wife, Dame Abimbola Fashola, and other stakeholders yesterday led the campaign against child abuse.

They spoke at the first parenting summit organised by Vanguard Media Limited, publishers of Vanguard titles, in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC) to mark this year’s International Day of the African Child with the theme: The place of parenting in curbing child abuse.

Mrs. Orelope-Adefulire said there was need for parents to show deep interest in their children.

She noted that child abuse did not stop at sexual abuse and harassment, adding that parents who neglected their children due to career or religious engagement; or denied them their fundamental rights, as enlisted in the United Nations Charter on the Rights of Children, abused such children.

The deputy governor said beyond the provision of education and other basic needs of the children, parents should also spend time with them and address issues that affect them at home or in the school.

The deputy governor said: "Parenting is a serious business that we cannot abandon, abdicate or transfer to our house help or relations who can easily molest or abuse our children. If we are negligent or careless, we will not be guiltless if our children are victims of child abuse."

She said the government had developed programmes to take children off the streets and prepare them for a better future.

Adefulire listed the Yellow Card Initiative; ‘No Child is Left Behind’ basic education policy, in compliance with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Goal No 2; the girl-child education project, the establishment of Skills Acquisition/Vocational centres, which empowers more than 9,000 young adults annually, the construction of the rehabilitation centre for victims of abuse and human trafficking; and the provision of an enabling environment for learning and teaching as some of the government’s efforts to address the trend.

Mrs. Fashola said it was important for parents to work for the development of their children, adding that such roles could not be transferred.

She urged parents to take parenting as a collaborative effort between the father and mother, adding that inculcating family values in the children was the task for both parents.

Mrs. Fashola admonished children to see their parents as their friends and confidants and to feel free to talk to them on any form of abuse or harassment.

CBAAC Director-General Prof. Tunde Babawale urged governments at all levels to "faithfully implement legislations that protect the rights of the African child, such as the UN Convention on Rights of the Child, African Charter on Human and People’s Rights and the Child Rights Act".

He said: "We must also show compassion and give succour to the impoverished and malnourished children who require greater governmental and societal support."

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