The Edo State Government has concluded plans to launch a policy document detailing action points and stakeholdersâ€™ responsibilities in the effort to tackle violence against children in the state.
In a statement signed by Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Magdalene Ohenhen, the state said Edo is the ninth state in Nigeria to have developed and adopted a policy document to end violence against children.
Ohenhen said the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, will launch the document titled â€œEdo State Priority Response Plan to End Violence Against Children,â€ on Thursday, February 22, at Imaguero College Hall, Sapele Road in Benin City by 10am.
She said a number of activities have been lined up to mark the launch of the document and get stakeholders’ buy-in to ensure everyone is involved in implementing the strategies and plans outlined in the document.
According to Ohenhen, â€œA media chat and talk show with children and other stakeholders will hold on Monday, February 19, 2018 by 8am. The event will feature stakeholders, including Childrenâ€™s Parliament, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Child Protection Network and SMILE, a Non-governmental organisation (NGO).â€
Other activities lined up, she added, include â€œa rally to holdÂ on Tuesday, February 20,Â organised to raise awareness to end violence against children. The rally is scheduled to commence from the Nigeria Union of Journalistsâ€™ Press Centre to other parts of the city. A press conference will be held on Wednesday, February 21, at the NUJ Press Centre in Benin City.â€