Nasarawa state is to launch campaign for a multi-sector response plan to end violence against children, with special focus on orphans and vulnerable children.
Nasarawa ministry of women affairs and social development met with security outfits, the justice ministry, 10 civil society organisations and welfare departments of 10 local government areas to adopt and develop the “End Violence Against Children (E-VAC) Multi-Sectoral Response Plan” expected to be launched by early August.
The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Asibi Omeri Ogabo, blamed broken homes for the rising cases of violence against children.
She said, “The children found in this unfortunate incidence are left without parental love and care and at the mercy of whoever takes over the duty of taking care of them and in some instances it results to the children being pushed into the streets”
The Nasarawa state launch of E-VAC comes nearly three years after President Muhammadu Buhari launched the national plan to end violence against children in 2015.
Nasarawa’s adoption of E-VAC is supported by the Sustainable Mechanism for Improving Livelihoods and Households Empowerment (SMILE), a five-year project funded by the US President’s Plan for Aids Relief.
SMILE is to strengthen ministries, department and organizations to enhance their capacities for coordinating and monitoring protection for vulnerable children in their respective focal areas.
SMILE was introduced after survey showed high proportion of children facing various forms of violence in families, places of worship, market places and playgrounds, said Maryann Obidike, director for organisation development at ActionAid, among nongovernmental organisations implementing the project.
The project is to scale up care and support services for 600,000 orphans and vulnerable children and 150,000 caregivers across 48 local government areas in Benue, Kogi, Edo, the FCT and Nasarawa.