By Mosunmola Ayobami,Ilorin
Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has called on Nigerians to stop child abuse and other forms of violence against children.
Governor Ahmed in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary Abdulwahab Oba in commemoration of the 2016 Children’s Day, noted that a society that subjects its youngsters to abuse is in jeopardy.
Dr Ahmed, who noted that the theme of this year’s event, “Protect the Right of Children in the Face of Violence and Insecurity: End Child Marriage” was very apt, called for more commitment by various stakeholders for proper upbringing of children and, especially in the areas of values of respect for self discipline and dignity.
According to the governor, the society must ensure that the Nigerian Child, especially the girl child, lives in a peaceful atmosphere that is conducive for growth and well being rather than the present state of insecurity in the country.
He admonished the Nigerian child to strive for excellence, urged parents to instil religion and moral discipline in them so that they could be better members of the society.
Governor Ahmed assured children in Kwara State that his administration remained committed to their welfare through children friendly policies and programmes, in spite of the prevalent economic challenges. “Today, and, indeed, the future belong to the youths”, the governor said.
Meanwhile, the Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad, has stressed the need for government to stamp out all forms of abuse against the children with thorough implementation of the Child Rights Act.
This, Ahmad maintained would ensure their maximum protection in the society and prepare them for the future.
The Speaker made the call in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Shuaib Abdulkadir to commemorate the 2016 Children’s Day, lamenting the level at which child abuse has risen to in the country.
He admonished other states of the federation that are yet to domesticate the Child Rights Act to as a matter of necessity do so in the interest of the nation.
Ahmad also advised parents to always monitor their children and as well ensure proper training in a bid to secure their future and build a peaceful society.
Similarly, the Speaker pledged the 8th Assembly’s commitment to collaborate with the executive and relevant agencies in the state with a view to make lives meaningful for the children.
According to him, it behoves on all stakeholders to ensure that the children’s rights are always preserved and protected. The nature of abuses several children are being subjected to in our country today is very worrisome.
It is high time we get it right as a nation to see to the maximum protection of the children, provide them with sound and quality education for the overall benefits of Nigeria.
He, however, lauded the present administration’s efforts at rescuing the remaining abducted Chibok girls and return them back safely to their parents.
By Mosunmola Ayobami,Ilorin