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Children’s Day:NGOs demand end to violence  

Children’s Day:NGOs demand end to violence

The Child Protection Network (CPN) in collaboration with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IIDEA) has demanded for an end to violence on children on children’s day.

The NGOs made the demand during its National Children’s Day event at the State Secretariat, Bimbo Odukoya Foundation in Industrial Estate Road, Ilupeju.

The theme “Inclusion for Every Child” resonated throughout the gathering, which brought together children from various local governments in Lagos, including those with disabilities.

The Executive Coordinator, Mrs Ronke Oyelakin, Bimbo Odukoya Foundation said that the idea behind the organisation and what they have been doing since it’s existence in 2021 was to fight for the rights of kids.

Oyelakin who also doubles as the State Coordinator Child Protection Network said the essence was to give them the voice they needed to be better in the country.

she also called for support from the government to assist in supporting their drive to eradicate child labour and other vices the NGOs fight against.

Highlights of the occasion was goodwill messages from non governmental organisations such as IIDEA, MYSD, NPF, JWC, WAPA, NAPTIP, NHRC, and AWLA who all emphasized the need for a safer and more inclusive environment for all children.

A participants, Victory Ekong, a student from The Salvation Army, expressed her joy at being part of the celebration, stating that she learned a lot and urged the government to provide for children with disabilities, ensuring they feel loved and important in society.

Also, Azobiewe Unia, a student from Silverdale International School Lagos, shared his happiness at attending the event and promised to spread the message of what he learned to his peers.

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