The United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has embarked on training some stakeholders to engage in efforts to end violence against children in Gombe State.
Ms Ladi Alabi, the Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Bauchi Field Office, on Monday told the participants that there was an urgent need for them to understand issues that affected children in the state.
She that the training would provide them the opportunity to adopt models that would ensure violence against children became history in the state.
“One of the cardinal objectives of this training is to strengthen the understanding of key stakeholders on child protection.
“It will also enhance coordination and cooperation between the state and other stakeholders in delivery of child protection service in the state.
“It will increase the understanding of each sector’s role in promoting and responding to violence against children in this state,” she said.
Alabi explained that the training would also enhance the capabilities of key sectors to effectively plan for the strengthening of child protection system for the implementation of the child rights law in the state.
Alhaji Mohammed Adamu, the Permanent Secretary, state Ministry for Women Affairs and Social Development, described the training as timely.
“This training is apt, because as a state we are determined to give our children and our children’s children a better living; a better and more conducive environment,’’ he said.
He urged participants to pay wrap attention in the course of the training, so as to enable children in the state be free of any form of violence.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the five-day training has traditional rulers, community leaders, religious leaders and legal practitioners, among other, participants in attendance.
The programme was funded by UNICEF, European Union and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). (NAN)