Stakeholders Validate Edo State Policy Plan To End Violence Against Children.
By Lucky Isibor
Stakeholders in Benin City Tuesday, validated the draft Edo state priority plan to end violence against children in the state.
The validation of the document came after the various stakeholders have made inputs into the draft document following earlier sensitization by the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in conjunction with SMILE and ActionAid.
In her opening remarks, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Magdalene Ohenhen pointed out that the validation became imperative to enable stakeholders ensure their inputs which were collated earlier during the sensitization exercise are included in the final draft.
“We feel there is need for us to meet again to look at what we’ve been able to put together from the contributions that have been made by the various groups that we have given opportunity to look at this document with us. Even our children the document is meant to protect have had opportunity to make their input.”
While expressing gratitude to Stakeholders for their contributions to the final draft, the Commissioner assured that the document when operational after it’s lunch would reduce violence against children to the barest minimum in Edo state.
“I want to thank you for all the support and contributions. Together, when this document is lunched, then we would have succeeded in putting in place the paper work that will stand the test of time in preventing violence against our children,” Hon. Ohenhen said.
Welcoming stakeholders to the validation meeting, Edo state representative of SMILE, Mr. Charles Durojaye, said the document when adopted and lunched will last till the year 2030.
He assured that the document will serve as a resource material for development donor agencies and will also assist the state in accessing funds from some of these agencies.
In his remarks, chairman of the Edo state Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Sir Roland Osakue gave kudos to wife of Edo state Governor, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki and Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Magdalene Ohenhen for their doggedness in ensuring the development of the document came to fruition.
Osakue assured that members of the NUJ will use their various media to sensitize the public on how to end violence against children in the state.
Edo state Commissioner of Police, Haliru Gwandu assured that the state police command will collaborate with the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development and other stakeholders to end violence against children in the state.
Commissioner Gwandu who was represented by D.S.P. Amaka Moka, said the document will ease the job of the police in the area of child protection.
The stakeholders comprising representatives of Civil Society Organizations, market women, media, police, Nigeria Prison Service, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Edo State Traffic Management Agency, EDSMA and representatives of some Ministries, Departments and Agencies in Edo State, took a critical and forensic look into the draft document and thereafter validated it.
High point of the occasion was the validation of the document by stakeholders led by the Honourable Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Magdalene Ohenhen.