The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has reiterated the commitment of his administration to the promotion and protection of the rights of every citizen especially the children.
Governor Bello gave the assurance at the 1 2 3 parade ground in Minna to mark the 2016 Children’s Day celebration.
He said that it was the primary responsibility as enshrined in the 1999 constitution of Nigeria and Child Right Act 2007 to protect and promote the rights of the children.
He warned parents and wards against violence against children which comes in many forms and usually causes physical and emotional harm to the growth and development of the child.
The Governor, represented by his deputy, Ahmed Ketso, directed the state’s Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to liaise with other relevant agencies to work out modalities so as to fight the scourge of child abuse, abduction and child labour in the state.
The Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Rose Sani, reminded the parents of their responsibilities towards the protection of the rights of the children.
She said that it is the duty of the parents to ensure that children are cared for, protected, free from fear so as to grow in peace.
Mrs Abara urged the children to rededicate themselves to be responsible citizens by respecting their parents, teachers, elders and constituted authorities.
She advised children to shun acts of violence, drugs and other forms of social vices just as they imbibe the spirit of hard work, honesty, patriotism and patience at all times.
As Children in Akwa Ibom State join others across Nigeria to celebrate Children’s day, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has vowed to ensure the prosecution of any individual that sexually molests any child in the state.
Governor Emmanuel gave the warning in Uyo on Friday while addressing thousands of children at the Uyo Township Stadium during an event to mark the day.
Describing education as the key to a great future, Governor Emmanuel gave the assurance that his administration would continue to implement the ongoing free and compulsory education policy and other child friendly policies initiated by the immediate past administration in the state.
He restated his administration’s commitment to policies and programmes that encourage the welfare of children.
The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Dr. Glory Edet, said that the event was a clarion call on individuals and governments at all levels to initiate and support policies that promote the welfare and protection of children.
She spoke against child marriage and other vices against children.
The event featured match past and cultural displays by the children.
As Nigeria marks Children’s Day, the President has affirmed his commitment to fulfilling his electoral promises to Nigerians.
The re-assurance is contained in the President’s personal message to Nigerian children on the commemoration of this year’s Children’s Day.
President Muhammadu Buhari said that his administration has already taken some steps toward securing the future of the children, insisting that it is the right of every Nigerian child to have access to quality and affordable education, as well as healthcare and other basic necessities for a good life, in a peaceful and secure environment.
The President noted that it is a thing of joy that on this year’s Children’s Day, the nation can celebrate the safe return of one of the Chibok girls, Amina Ali Nkeki and many other abducted women and children who have been freed from the clutches of Boko Haram.
“We will also sustain and strengthen ongoing actions to protect children more effectively from violence, child-labour, child-trafficking, forced marriages and other related offences.
“In return, I urge you all to imbibe and exhibit in greater measure, the virtues of hard work, diligence, discipline, honesty, prudence, selflessness and patriotism which are essential for the actualisation of our vision of a truly great nation.”
The President says the world now looks up to Nigeria as an exemplary model of democratic ideals after the smooth transition that brought the current administration to power.
Children’s Day is recognized on various dates in many places around the world to honour children globally. In Nigeria the 2016 theme is entitled, “Protect the Rights of the Child In The Face Of Violence and Insecurity: End Child Marriage”