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News - July 31, 2019

Violence against Children: Nigeria loses N1.4trn annually – UNICEF

Some Nigerian children.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says that Nigeria loses N1.42 trillion to Violence Against Children (VAC) annually and as such, there is urgent need for increased spending on Child Protection Services.

The call which was made on Tuesday at the launch of two survey documents, according to UNICEF, the amount is equivalent to 1.6 per cent of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Profit (GDP).

It called for a 0.1 per cent reallocation based on the current levels of consolidated CP expenditure of Nigeria’s budget to increase total consolidated CP expenditure by 63 per cent.

The survey documents which were launched were, “A Financial Benchmark for Child Protection, Nigeria Study, Volume 1″ and “The Economic Burden of Violence Against Children” in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there was a wake-up call by President Muhammadu Buhari in September 2015 for a National Campaign to End Violence against Children (VAC) in Nigeria.

Ms Juliane Koenlg, UNICEF Abuja, presented the report of the studies on behalf of the consultants of the survey.

Koenlg said: “The analysis of the economic costs shows that violence against children carries a considerable burden in Nigeria.

“The findings provide a strong evidence-base for urgent prioritised development and funding of interventions by all stakeholders for the reduction of violence against children”.

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