Stakeholders at a workshop on how to end sexual violence against children have called on the government , religious and traditional leaders for increased social safety nets to guard against sexual molestation of children.
They made the call at a workshop organized by Christian Council of Nigeria,CCN, in collaboration with the All African Conference of Churches, AACC, and World Council of Churches, WCC, held in Abuja.
The workshop which drew participants from the thirty six States of the federation deliberated on the need to end all forms of violence against children which they described as alarming.
The General Secretary , Christian Council of Nigeria , Reverend Dr. Yusuf Wushishi who presented position of the stakeholders , said children were an asset to the future development of the country, hence the need for the state actors to take deliberate steps to protect them against vices capable of scuttling their dreams and aspirations.
He said the church was making concerted efforts to ensure that children made in the likeness of God were well protected while creating awareness for the society to speak against any act against the children .
Reverend Wushishi called on the government to make the reporting of child Rights Act to expedite action on that.
The Representative of the World Council of Churches WCC, Caterina Tino , argued that proper legislative commitment would serve as deterrent to the perpetrators
On her part, the Director , Gender, Women and Youth , All African Conference of Churches, the Reverend Dr. Lydia Mwaniki who described children as God’s gift said the society should prioritize their protection .
The workshop had as its theme, Out of the Shadows : Churches commitment to ending sexual violence against children, How can your church community help?