Senate Asks President-Elect, General Mohammadu Buhari, To Put In Place Policies To Ensure That Less Privileged Children Are Protected From Exploitation.
Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja
Nigeria marked the 2015 Children’s Day, the Senate yesterday tasked the President-elect, General Mohammadu Buhari, to put in place policies to ensure that the less privileged children in the country are protected from exploitation and child labour. This followed a resolution on the motion titled: Celebrating Nigerian Children and Children of the World on the 2015 Children Day Celebration.
According to the sponsor of the motion, the Senate Majority Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma- Egba, May 27 each year is observed as Children Day in Nigeria and the world around. Ndoma-Egba, who highlighted the significant role that the Nigerian child plays in the process of Nigeria’s development, emphasised the need to ensure that a good foundation is laid for the Nigerian children in the scheme of things.
In his contribution, the Deputy Senate Majority Leader, Senator Abdul Ningi, cautioned that children should be treated as leaders of tomorrow. Ningi pointed out that there is need to put in place deliberate policies that will ensure that the less privileged ones are given a sense of belonging in the society. Also contributing to the motion, Senator Olarewaju Solomon added that now there is a change of government, there is need to make the issues and policies affecting the less privileged children in the country to take the centre stage. He reminded the incoming government of Buhari that it has a lot to do for children, especially in the areas of protecting them from child abuse, ensuring the implementation of the Child Rights Act, and overall paying attention to the wellbeing of the less privileged children in the country.
“This is the only way we can ensure that they grow into a responsible adults expected of them. There is no reason to see kids on the streets when they should be in school, these are some of the issues we should address while making policies,” he said. Senator Zainab Kure also challenged the incoming government to have a sober reflection on the welfare of the poor children on the streets of Nigeria. Kure, who lamented that child labour and exploitation have become synonymous with Nigeria, urged policy makers in the incoming government to churn out policies that will protect and advance the cause of the less privileged Nigerian children. Senator Eta Enang said that the APC government must recognise that one of the greatest challenges facing is planning for the less privileged children in the country.
He regretted that even though there are many schools across the country, yet there are thousands of kids who are still not able to have access to formal education, saying these are some of the factors the APC government should consider. Senator Ayogu Eze, who noted that the child is the father of the man, observed that the kind of adults Nigeria expects should be arrived at through the kind of conditioning given to the kids.
In his closing remarks, the Senate President, Senator David Mark, urged parents to give their children quality upbringing. Mark also charged the new administration to create conducive environment to enable the less privileged children in Nigeria to achieve their potentials.