Ms Fidelia Setle, Assistant Director Child Welfare in Plateau State Ministry of Women Affairs, has said that incidences of child rape and forced marriage were rampant in the state
Setle said this at a press briefing on Tuesday in Jos.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the press briefing was in preparation for the formal launch of ‘Action Plan on Ending Violence Against Children’ by the state.
The Assistant Director added that the incidences of physical, sexual and emotional violence were also on the high side in the state.
“Child rape, forced and early marriage are very rampant in Plateau.
“We have some instances of incest, where fathers impregnate their daughters, and of some sending their daughters into early marriage.
“Physical violence is also huge in Plateau; you see people using hard objects on children in the name of discipline,” she said.
She said the rationale for launching the action on violence was to curb the menace and make the children of the state free from violence.
According to her, Wase and Mangu Local Government areas of the state would be used for the pilot scheme.
She explained that the two LGAs were selected owing to the high rate of violence against children in those localities.