The United Nations Children’s Fund says adequate budgetary provisions, allocations and release to fund child protection services is key to protecting Nigerian children from violence, abuses and neglect.
It said Plateau and Gombe States, two of the four pilot states in Child Protection Systems Strengthening, must push harder to protect children through preventive and effective response measures and services.
UNICEF Chief of Filed Office, Bhanu Pathak, stated this yesterday in Jos at the launch of the Financial Benchmark for Child Protection and the Economic Burden of Violence against Children reports for Plateau and Gombe States.
Pathak, represented by the UNICEF Child Protection Specialist, Bauchi office, Ladi Alabi, said the launch of the reports at the state levels afford the opportunity to know firsthand “what we are putting into child protection as well as the high economic cost of violence against children in Nigeria.”
Earlier, the permanent secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in Plateau State, Hassana Ayika said the state would be ahead of other states in child protection by 2030.