Abuja - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has commended Nigeria for being the first country in West Africa to complete the survey on Violence Against Children (VAC).
This is contained in a statement signed by Geoffery Njoku, Media and External Relations Officer, UNICEF, in Abuja on Tuesday.
Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG), said in the statement that the findings released in Abuja on Sept. 10 would enhance efforts to protect children.
"I welcome efforts by the Nigerian Government to end the invisibility of violence.
"The country has taken up its challenge to social acceptance, to enhance protection for those at risk through the launch of the Year of Action to End Violence Against Children.
"This will develop a robust response to the findings of the survey which is crucial to ensure that the data is effectively used to end violence that affects many Nigerian children,” it stated.
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It stated that the findings unveiled prevalence of sexual, physical and emotional violence most children were subjected to in many parts of the country.
"The data produced by this groundbreaking survey are vital to support government policy, planning and budgeting for effective child protection services.
"It is also to inform the implementation of evidence-based actions for violence prevention and response across a range of sectors,” it stated.
The statement stated that the survey highlighted that approximately six out of every 10 Nigerian children under the age of 18 years experience some form of violence during their childhood.
It also stated that one in two children experience violence, one in four girls and one in 10 boys experience sexual violence.
The SRSG, in the statement, emphasised commitment to the country toward achieving and implementing the year of Action to End VAC.
The statement further stated that the SRSG would be visiting Nigeria in January 2016 to hold discussions with senior government officials, religious leaders and key stakeholders.
It stated that he would be discussing on the ways forward to implement the National Response Plan to the survey findings.
President Muhammadu Buhari will inaugurate the Year of Action to End Violence Against Children.