Wife of a former Vice President of Nigeria, Hajia Titi Atiku Abubakar has advised the Federal Government to initiate child friendly legislations.
The Federal Government has been advised to initiate child friendly legislations that would enhance the standard of living of children with special developmental needs.
This advice was handed by the wife of a former Vice President of Nigeria, Hajia Titi Atiku Abubakar at the 10th Anniversary celebration of a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) popularly known as Hope House Initiative in Abuja.
She said such laws will give children suffering from Autism right to survival and other health services as enshrined in the Child’s Right Act.
“At Hope House, we patiently provide the love and care as any parent would to bring up and help develop his child. We do not shy away from this responsibility but remain committed to ensure our child’s safety and welfare, so that it may become less dependent on their parents and teachers, develop into an independent adult and a useful member of society of this great nation Nigeria, “she said.
Hajia Atiku further advocated for establishment of more special educational centres for children with disabilities describing it as a key factor towards achieving their educational goals and aspirations.
“Children remembered not what we do for them, but they thrive on the feeling that we allowed them to be children in their own right, the feeling that we cherished them.
This assures their dignity and helps them to gain the much needed self-esteem, the confidence that motivates to making an effort in learning no matter the circumstances”
Speaking earlier, Mrs Baerbel Jaja, administrator of Hope House initiative unveiled plans by the NGO to sponsor a bill for the provision of special needs education and health services for children living with special development needs.
“Our educational system for children as it is today is not favourable and conducive for these children. Often unable to fit into conventional schools because of peer discrimination and learning difficulties, these children can only progress through special education especially when coupled with training in life and vocational skills,” she concluded.
– Charity Simon, Abuja