PARENTS, PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN!
This year’s celebration calls for sober reflection as we witness the return of many children who are victims of insurgency, abuses, impregnated and now are refugees in their own country. While we all eagerly await the return of the Chibok girls abducted over a year ago, we must reflect on the gradually eroding societal value that calls for the protection of children.
Celebrations should not be restricted to funfare but should serve as a wake-up call to parents and guardians on the need for protective parentage. It becomes important that we advocate protection for all children while warding off vices. Our children are our tomorrow, our linear contact, who deserve utmost protection. Today, we can do much to avert the re-occurrence of such incidence and future tragedies by warning children against immoral acts. We must guide and guard the heart of our children with inspiring and motivating words and instructions that would prepare them ahead of hurdles of life.
It is universally recognised that all children are entitled to protection and education as enshrined in International Conventions, our own Constitution and the Child Rights Act passed by the National Assembly and some states of the federation. Our best efforts at survival and development will amount to nothing if children are continually abused, as it harms their lives, if such laws are not enforced.
As a legislator, I shall continue to give full support to issues affecting the welfare of children, promotion of good healthcare and education, particularly of the Girl child. I urge all parents to collaborate with the incoming government by looking after the welfare of children, providing good nutrition and ensuring that they are well bred with essential virtues that will bring out the best in them as leaders. This is in the best interest of the society and nation.
A happy Children’s Day Celebration.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu, OON
Lagos Central Senatorial District.