The Nasarawa state government has pledged to begin collecting the required data on at-risk children and young adults, who fall under the state’s 19 categories of vulnerable children.

The deputy governor of the state, Emmanuel Akabe, who revealed this during the program’s launch over the weekend in Lafia, said key government agencies have been mandated to initiate data collection processes on the matter.

He said the state government had joined several FG initiatives aimed at alleviating the hardship faced by women and children across the state.

He noted that the state government under the government of engineer Abdullahi Sule had domesticated the “Children’s Rights Act” to aid in the full cognitive and economic development of the state’s vulnerable children.

“Following the increasing violence and abuse against children and other vulnerable groups, in 2020 Nasarawa State carried out violence against the prohibition laws of persons to protect and protect them. We are fully committed to protecting all vulnerable groups, especially children, and would support the DPO to ensure the success of the At-Risk Children program,” he said.

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Commissioner for Women’s Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Aisha Rufai-Ibrahim, said at-risk children are children who are very vulnerable and tend to become violent, and children who often come from extremely poor backgrounds and are most likely to be abused.

According to her, these include orphans without informal care, children of poor widows, children infected with HIV and children.

The commissioner said the government has done a lot through the ministry to protect children and other vulnerable people and so the At-Risk program aims to complement and reinforce what they were already doing.

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