Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola yesterday prayed to God to grant freedom to the 219 Chibok school girls held captive by Boko Haram insurgents since last year.
Aregbesola made the prayer at this year’s children’s day celebration with the theme: “Violence against children: Addressing the challenges” held at Osogbo township stadium. He regretted that violence against children has increased globally and that children are easy targets of kidnap for ransom.
Aregbesola who was represented by his Deputy, Mrs. Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori, stated that the nation is still distraught by the tragedy of the 219 Chibok girls kidnapped by terrorists in their school hostel.
He said, “We are asking parents and the law enforcement agencies to provide greater protection for children against physical abuse, rape and torture.
“We also ask our teachers and schools to stamp out bullying. Our schools should not become a Darwinian social experiment where the strong predatorily consume the weak”.
The governor said that Osun children are top most in his administration’s pursuit and policies stressing that his administration recognised education as the most important need of children, hence the greatest exertions and spending of government on education.
Aregbesola stated that the state under his watch has built so many state of the art schools, recruitment of teachers and provision of educational and teaching materials among others for the development of education in the state. His words: “We have recognised that a child must have the physical, mental and emotional requirements for leaning, for school to be of any value to him or her.
“This is why we introduced the Osun Elementary School Feeding and Health Programme (O’MEALS) to provide rich and nourishing meals to school children on school days and treat them of worms and other parasites capable of stealing the food in their stomachs.
“The foundation we are laying for our children is to equip them for a competitive digital world driven by knowledge in which not only the fittest survive, but indeed ruled by the fittest.