By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Youths across the nation have been admonished to know their right and also do the right things that would help to promote great values and the socio- economic development of the country.
The admonition was given by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Life Support Network, Itunuoluwa Ajayi-Albert during the 2020 Human Right Day in Ibadan which had the NGO carried out a massive sensitization exercise on the right to quality food and water.
Addressing newsmen at the programme held at the popular Bodija market in Ibadan on Thursday in commemorations of the day, the CEO said the development became inevitable in order to educate and sensitize the youths to know their fundamental human right as citizens of the country.
According to her, many youths still don’t know they have right to certain things including quality food and water, hence reason for embarking on the exercise.
“We are trying to use the occasion of the “Human Right Day” to sensitize them on their fundamental human right especially on their right to clean water and good food as well as good means of livelihood.
“We want them to know that having access to clean water and good food is their right and not a favour they have to earn from anybody.
“Our plan is to speak with them one on one as we move round the market from one spot to the other, we will also be staging drama and playlet to pass our message across to them that good food and clean water is what’s they ought to have as their fundamental human right.”
Itunuoluwa said the choice of Bodija Market for the exercise was because it is a popular and strategic food market in Ibadan land, adding that this was the first time the NGO would be embarking on such exercise.
While advising the youths to spend their time on meaningful and quality programmes, the CEO urged them not to allow politician to use them for their self motives and political interest, thereby undermining their fundamental human rights.
Speaking on the significance of the programme, the Ondo/Osun State Executive Director of LSN, Mr Olanrewaju Alegbeleye said the sensitization campaign will open up the minds of the youths to know their right and to also do the right things at the right time.
‘We decided to embark on this programme to commemorate the Human Right Day by making the youths know the fundamental human right.
“We believe this exercise will further open the eyes of the youths to know their right because some of them don’t know they have right to clean water and quality food.”
Also in her speech, Oyo State Executive Director, Olawuseun Adeyemi lauded the initiative of the NGO for embarking on the sensitisation programme, saying such measures will help the youth to discover themselves and know their rights.
She, therefore, encouraged the youths on the need to know their right in order for them to contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic development of the country
“We are here to encourage and educate them not to allow their right to be taken for granted by others. We are here to also educate the women to make their children know their right.
Adeyemi, while urging the women to make their children have access to quality food and clean water called on the government to boost food production by supporting rural farmers to bring food to the market through good polices.