11 December 2012

Nigeria: Ex-Army Chief Dambazzau Fights Child Abuse

Former Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazzau has indicated interest in addressing challenges of child rights violation in the society through the Victims of Child Abuse Foundation (VCAT).

Speaking yesterday on the Human Rights Day in Abuja, Dambazzau said the foundation would draw awareness to the plight of children in Nigeria. Acting Chairman of the foundation, who stood in for Dambazzau, Tajudeen Akanji regretted that 19.6 million of school age are without education in Nigeria. Of this, he said 3.1 million were of nomadic education.

He said the implication was that 9.5 million girls who should be in school while 39 per cent of children aged seven to 16 that are not in school are found in the North East and North West, according to UNICEF reports.

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