Jose Foundation partners with government to combat issue of child sexual exploitation in Nigeria
It is been a worrisome case for some time now in Nigeria as issues of child sexual exploitation have been on the rise. The recent case in Kano state on the rape of a six months old baby is another pointer to the fact that the country realy needs to step in to look at these issues and provide a lasting solution.
The President of Jose Foundation, Mr Martins Abhulimhen, reveals that Nigeria is currently experiencing a high prevalence of violence against children. Mr Martins Abhulimhen cited reports from recent research carried out by the National Population Commission, as evidence to his claim. He noted that the violence is inclusive on both sex. That, just has there are reports against young girls, there are against young boys as well.
“The study revealed that approximately six out of every 10 Nigerian children under the age of 18 years, experience some form of physical, emotional and sexual violence before the age of 18 years.
“One in two children experience physical violence, one in four girls and one in ten boys experience sexual violence, and one in six girls and one in five boys experience emotional violence,” Mr Martins disclosed.
In a way to curb this indecent exploration, Mr Martins informs and invites Nigerians to a One Week Workshop proposed to hold in August. He hinted that the workshop will be centred on the theme of conquering child sexual exploration. He promised that his foundation will sought for the best hands around the world to treat the issue. Mr Martins Abhulimhen, once again reinstated his Foundation’s ambition, saying their drive in this end informed their decision to also partner with the government.
“The upcoming workshop will have in attendance experts from abroad who will offer advice on how to curb the menace in Nigeria while participant will be drawn from various groups and discipline.
“We have taken responsibility to work with the Nigerian government to tackle CSE and that is why we choose to submit our programme details for government scrutiny and full participation.”