Jose Foundation, A non-governmental organisation, in its quest to stem the tide of child abuse and aid those who have been abused get help, has developed a mobile application for children.
Mrs Eunice Pius, the country representative, Mrs Eunice Pius, stated that the Mobile based application, “CSE App” enables children who are sexually exploited report and get help.
While speaking at a workshop organised by the foundation themed “Elimination of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in Nigeria”.
The rep said that the foundation intends to end child sexual abuse in the country by 2030, while adding that there is a challenge in reporting child and sexual abuse of children by parents and guardians.
She assured that the foundation would stop at nothing to ensure that victims of child sexual abuse get justice. she also revealed that 6 out of 10 girls have been abused.
She also said that in some reported cases, families of victims drop charges against offenders when offered money.
“We face some challenges which is largely as a result of poverty, families of victims drop charges when they are offered money.
“We are trying to make sure we put every machinery in place by involving the Police and the Ministry of Justice to ensure that any one guilty of child molestation, does not go free.
“Our children are so precious to us, we do not want them molested for it has psychological, physiological and intellectual effect on them; as victims life never remain the same,” she said.
Pius called on Nigerians to support the foundation in the fight against child sexual abuse especially in the war torn North East region.
She disclosed further that the foundation was collaborating with agencies saddled with the responsibility to address extreme poverty to ensure better life for children.
The official said that the foundation is ready to train government officials especially the Police, on ways to stop child sexual exploitation.
NAN reports that Sen. Aisha Alhassan, the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, had earlier disclosed that the Federal Government was evolving new strategies to ensure safe schools in the country.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria is evolving new strategy of multi sectoral collaborations to guarantee safe schools in the North East and the entire country to ensure that no child remains in captivity.
“Children constituted 60 per cent of the country’s population and they were key for sustainable development.
“The Federal Government through the ministry, in collaboration with partners remain committed to the coordination of emergency responses.
“The inauguration of the Joint National Task Force for the prevention of violence against children in Nigeria is a reflection of government’s commitment.
“Government will ensure the training of juvenile police officers with the view to enhancing their capacity to prevent child sexual abuse.
“The capacity of officers for better interpretation of laws as regards to detention, investigation and prosecution of culprits is being built,’’ she added.
Alhassan canvassed international support for law enforcement agencies and urged officers to ensure that victims get adequate support and protection during investigation and prosecution of crimes.