As Nigerian children join their counterparts worldwide in marking the 2020 Children’s Day Celebrations amid COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio has observed “Every child is a different kind of flower.”
Akpabio who is the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs in his official Twitter handle on Wednesday wrote “All together they make this world a beautiful garden. Happy Children’s day to the children of the Niger Delta and every child in our great country Nigeria.”
On her part, Aisha M. Buhari said “The theme for this year is Promoting Girl-child Education for Sustainable Development. It tells us that despite the present challenge, we cannot rest on our oars, we must ensure that girl-child education is sustained in terms of quality and scale.”
Aisha, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, tweeted “To our children, please enjoy your day while observing the protocol of COVID-19. As we pray for the reopening of schools soon, make use of the stay at home by taking to your online studies seriously. God bless you all.”
The Speaker of the House of Representatives has assured that he would not relent in pushing for the rights of the Nigerian child, including their inalienable right to a good education.
Femi Gbajabiamila in a statement ahead of the 2020 children day said Nigerian children must be given all the necessary care and attention, especially quality education, that they require to attain their goals in life,
Gbajabiamila, who said he always identifies with Nigerian children wherever they are, noted that in support of the age-long maxim that children are the leaders of tomorrow, concerted efforts must be done by all well-meaning Nigerians to achieve a better tomorrow for Nigerian children.
He assured that he would always champion the cause of the Nigerian children both in Parliament and outside.
The Speaker said the Nigerian children have a lot of potential that must be carefully harnessed through good education and training.
He said the country cannot set aside May 27 every year to celebrate her children without taking decisive action to better their lives.
Thus, Gbajabiamila said, all policies, including the legislative framework, must be put in place to give qualitative education to Nigerian children to reduce the number of out-of-school children.
He said the House of Representatives under him would stop at nothing in supporting any policy that would promote the rights of the Nigerian child, including their inalienable right to a good education.
The Speaker also called on governments at all levels to come up with programmes and policies that would promote the rights and education of the children.
He equally called on parents to be responsible and responsive in taking good care and training of their children so that the country would be better for it in future.