Mrs Nkiruka Maduechesi, a Child Protection Specialist with UNICEF Nigeria, on Thursday cautioned government agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other networking groups against the duplication of data, collected on child protection activities.
Maduechesi made the call in her contributions via Zoom at the Child Protection Workshop, organised by the Sokoto State Ministry of Women and Child Affairs, in collaboration with UNICEF, in Sokoto.
She highlighted the importance of proper management of data concerning cases of child abuse, violation and other associated maltreatments in Nigerian communities.
The official described the duplication of relevant data among stakeholders as a serious challenge.
Maduechesi said that good data management would bring about proper planning, budgets, community awareness among others.
In his presentations, Mr John Usman, National Consultant, UNICEF’s Child Protection Information Management System (CPIMS), enjoined participants to adhere to the architectural procedures on database.
Usman said that a good database would facilitate accuracy and ensure the desired responses on all the activities.
He dwelled on the online database management of the Qur’anic education pupils (Almajiri), repatriated in the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and possible case solution with the relevant authorities.
Usman urged authorities to maintain and recognise information in a database as a good storage that would provide avenues for enhanced decision on tackling child abuse and molestation in all forms.
According to him, such a database can be used for proper planning in the areas of education, health, economic activities and others.
Also, Alhaji Sanusi Kiru, the Commissioner for Education in Kano State, described the workshop as timely in recognition of the present challenges of the Qur’anic education pupils (Almajiri) system of education and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kiru assured them of continued maximum support from the state government to achieve the desired impacts.
He advised participants to broaden their capabilities on the struggle.
Commenting, the District Head of Gagi, Alhaji Sani Umar-Jabbi, who represented the Sokoto Sultanate Council, assured them of the traditional rulers’ supports at all times, through active participation, especially on community awareness and management of cases and survivors of abuses.
Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
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