The Ministry of Women Affairs says it is collaborating with the Nigerian Communications Commission and Interpol to check online harassment against young girls in the country.
Jummai Mohammed, Director, Child and Focal Officer, Online Sexual Exploitation in the ministry, disclosed this at a webinar.
The meeting, on “Safe and Inclusive Online Spaces for young girls,” was organised by Plan International, a development organisation, to commemorate International Day of the Girl.
Represented by Ali Madugu, a Deputy Director in the department, Mohammed explained that the partnership is necessary to track and bring the perpetrators of such offences to book.
She said the government will not tolerate any form of harassment of young girls on online platforms as it will do everything possible to protect girl child in the country.
In her remarks, Maryam Gambo, Executive Director, Child Protection and Women Empowerment Initiative in Yobe State, called for aggressive education and awareness on online sexual harassment.
She said measures to be taken to address this menace because with time, online sexual harassment will be more than the physical cases being recorded.