By Josephine Agbonkhese
lagos—To stall the activities of child kidnappers who penetrate families disguising as caregivers, the Lagos State government has announced plans to establish day care centres across the state, beginning with the Alausa Secretariat and Oba Akinjobi areas of Lagos.
Disclosing this at a fact finding interactive session with professional women associations organized by the state Ministry for Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation, WAPA, to examine the problems faced by women and children in the state, the Commissioner, Mrs.Lola Akande, decried that the spate of kidnapping in the state and nation in general was taking a toll on women’s economic productivity by raising anxiety over the welfare of their children while at work.
According to Akande, attached to these centres will be a standard training institute where caregivers and nannies will be trained, while a database will also be established for every one of them in the state.
Speaking at the forum which had the Commissioner for Youths and Social Development, Pharmacist Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf and the Chairman House Committee on Women Affairs, Hon Mojisola Lawal, Akande said: “The rate of child abuse in the state is alarming. In 2015, a total number of 2,135 children who suffered various forms of abuse, ranging from physical, emotional and sexual abuses were rescued and provided with psychotherapy. Over 1,500 of them have been reconciled with their families while others are still pending in court.”
Reaffirming the state government’s commitment to holistic child development, she also disclosed that the state, will, on the 24th of February, 2016, launch a zero-tolerance action plan against child abuse tagged “End Violence Against Children” in collaboration with the United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF.