ABUJA, March 12 (Reuters) - Nigeria's presidency said on Monday it plans to negotiate for the release of 110 girls abducted from a school in the northeastern town of Dapchi last month, rather than use a military operation to free them by force.

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Against the backdrop of rising cases of child abuse in the country, a professor of Counseling Psychology at Covenant University, Prof. Abiodun Gesinde, has identified lack of parenting skills, poverty, alcohol and drug abuse as leading causes of child maltreatment in the country.

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At a recent meeting of the National Steering Committee on Child Labour, the Federal Government reiterated its commitment to stopping the social menace of child labour and human trafficking in the country.

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November 16 - Abuja - To commemorate this year's World Children's Day (WCD) anniversary, which is the Convention on the Rights of the Child, children across the world will 'takeover' high-profile moments in the media, politics, business, sports, music and entertainment to raise awareness on the most vulnerable and hardest to reach children.

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November 8 - A former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, has advised the Federal Government to focus on key reforms that could lift the education sector to make it compete favorably with the rest of the world.

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26 September 2017 - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday recommended six months paid maternity leave and four weeks paid paternity leave to ensure healthy development of young children.

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18 September 2017 - The 2017 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award winner has been announced as Mr. Zannah Mustapha, a lawyer, school-founder and peace-maker from north east Nigeria.

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14 September 2017 - More than 100 young women who were kidnapped from a school in Chibok, north-east Nigeria in 2014, will now be starting school at a special course at the American University in Yola, Adamawa state.

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DAKAR / NEW YORK / GENEVA, 12 April 2017 – The number of children used in ‘suicide’ attacks in the Lake Chad conflict has surged to 27 in the first quarter of 2017, compared to nine over the same period last year, UNICEF said in a new report released today.

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AWKA, 10 March 2017 - The federal and state legislatures have been urged to enact laws against female genital mutilation (FGM) across the country.

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