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CSACEFA URGES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO INTENSIFY EFFORTS IN TACKLING CASES OF VIOLENCE AGAINST SCHOOL CHILDREN

Bullying and other forms of violence in schools is gradually becoming an acceptable culture in Nigerian schools which unfortunately, might have sent some students to their early graves, while some sustained a lifetime injury, both physically and mentally.
The Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA) a non governmental association advocating for quality, safe and inclusive education has called on the federal government, Security Agencies, ministries and other relevant authorities to immediately look into the issues of violence in schools and intensify efforts in curbing them.

In a statement by its policy Advisor Odinakach Ahanonu, the coalition decried the recent surge of cases of violence being perpetuated in schools on children.
The most recent is the barbaric torture and killing of 12 years old Sylvester Oromoni Jr., a Junior Secondary student of Dowen College Lagos by his school mates over his refusal to join a secret cult.

While condemning the incident and Dowen college’s attempt to trivialize and cover up the issue, the body urged the government to implement all the numerous policies put in place to protect children from attack in schools like the Child Right Act 2003, the Violence Against Person Prohibition Act, the Universal Basic Education Act derived from the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, have spelt out rules and safety in schools, yet we have not seen any implementation of what so ever leading to curbing the issues of violence in schools.

The Organization therefore put up a five point demand calling on the government to intensify efforts in ensuring that proper investigation is conducted into the death of Master Sylvester Oromoni, and other students who have been molested, degraded and killed in our schools whether in the private or public schools.

The body also asked the government to place Dowen teachers and management under strict supervision and monitoring while the investigation into the torture and eventual death of Sylvester is conducted.

The organization also called on the Lagos State Government should to hold weekly media briefings on the development of the investigation of the death of Sylvester Oromoni and other cases of violence.

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