United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon yesterday commended Nigeria for being the first country in West Africa to complete the survey on Violence Against Children, VAC.
In a statement signed by Media and External Relations officer of UNICEF in Abuja, Mr Geoffery Njoku, Special Representative of the Secretary, SRSG, Mr. Santos Pais, said that the findings released in Abuja on September 10 would enhance efforts to protect children.
“I welcome the Nigeria government’s efforts to end the invisibility of violence the country has taken up its challenge to social acceptance, to enhance protection for those at risk through the launch of the Year of Action to End Violence against Children.
“This will develop a robust response to the findings of the survey, which is crucial to ensure that the data is effectively used to end violence that affects many Nigerian children,” it stated.
According to the statement, the survey highlighted that approximately six out of every 10 Nigerian children under the age of 18 experience some form of violence during their childhood.
It also stated that one in two children experience violence, one in four girls and one in 10 boys experience sexual violence.
“The data produced by this groundbreaking survey are vital to support government policy, planning and budgeting for effective child protection services. It is also to inform the implementation of evidence-based actions for violence prevention and response across a range of sectors,” it noted.
The SRSG in the statement emphasised commitment to the country towards achieving and implementing the year of Action to End Violence.