Child Abuse: Bayelsa seeks ties with NIPR, FIDA for citizen enlightenment
Yenagoa, Bayelsa. March 24, 2018 (AltAfrika)-The Bayelsa State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson has urged members of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) to join the campaign against child abuse in Nigeria.
According to him, the NIPR as a reputable organization, can attract more attention to the growing cases of the menace, especially by pedophiles which the state government and other well meaning groups are trying to put an end to.
Iworiso-Markson spoke in Yenagoa during the monthly meeting of the NIPR, Bayelsa State chapter, which also had in attendance the chairperson of the state chapter of the Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA) Dise Ogbise-Erhisere.
Surprised by the presentation of the FIDA chair on child molestation, the Commissioner said that the figures reeled out by her was alarming and maintained that more work needed to be done to ensure safer community for children
He said rather than treat paedophiles with kid gloves, the time had come for them to be named and shamed to send a strong signal to others with such despicable desire.
“As an institution of repute, the NIPR needs to collaborate with groups like FIDA to intensify campaign against cases of rape and other forms of child abuse in our society. I am very worried having listened to the chilling revelations by the FIDA chairperson.
“The goverment is also doing a lot to protect our children. For me, we need to move to the level where we will name and shame these culprits because they deserve such public hostility. We cannot continue to watch pedophiles destroy the future of our children”.
In her special presentation, Dise Ogbise-Erhisere had listed some of the recent cases of molestation which are currently in court and thanked the first lady, Dr. Rachel Dickson for her support