By Florence Onuegbu
Lagos, May 24, 2023 The Lagos State Government, through its Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA), on Wednesday unveiled a child-friendly booklet – ”My Passport of Rights”, to tackle child abuse.
The Executive Secretary, DSVA, Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, said that the unveiling of the booklet was part of the celebration of Children’s Day.
The launch, which was held at the Lagos City Model College, Sabo, Yaba had a convergence of over 300 students from various schools in Education District IV.
She said that the booklet aimed to bring awareness to the prevalence of child abuse, as well as provide useful information and resources for survivors.
”Over the years, we have recorded a steady increase in child abuse and related issues. So, this book is an intervention strategy for early detection, care and support.
”The passport encourages you to speak up in case you are faced with any form of child abuse. It will help you to detect the signs of child abuse, so that you are able to report and that action can be taken on time,” the Executive Secretary said.
She said that the innovative booklet further infused knowledge into children on their rights in the state.
According to her, it is a must-read for anyone who cares about the welfare of children and wants to make a difference in their lives, as it is expected to inspire actions.
Vivour-Adeniyi said that the booklet was available at the agency and was ‘Strictly Not To Be Sold’.
She urged children to get copies, and pay close attention to the details the booklet would proffer.
Mrs Taiwo Salako, School Counsellor, Education District IV, lauded the initiative of the passport for the children.
Salako said that the booklet would further tackle the issues of domestic and sexual violence committed against the children.
The Principal of Lagos City Model College, Sabo, Mr Abiodun Hassan, commended the state government for the initiative.
He said it would safeguard and protect the children, hence, help in keeping the trend of child abuse at bay.