PARENTS have been enjoined to provide viable learning environment to properly groom their children against substance abuse.
Gov Willie Obiano stated this during the 2019 Childern’s Day celebration held at Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka. The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Solo Chukwulobelu, reiterated the several plans and objectives of the federal and state governments and other private agencies to improve the living standard of children and youths, especially those with disabilities.
He urged all ministries, traditional rulers, teachers, clergymen and most importantly, parents to help in the fight to curb this social menace among children and youths.
Also speaking at the occasion, Commissioner for Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs, Ndidi Mezue, who spoke on the various measures by the state government to curb drug abuse noted that the Willie Obiano administration is keen to partner with NDLEA and other stakeholders to ensure drug free Anambra State.
Similarily, the wife of Governor Willie Obiano and founder of Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE), Ebelechukwu Obiano has called for concerted effort by parents, guardians and policy makers to save children from the scourge of drug and substance abuse. She decried the debilitating effects of the indulgence that is denying adolescents and youths the much desired future as leaders of tomorrow.
Congratulating the young ones on this year’s Children’s Day, Osodieme noted that the future of the average Nigerian child is threatened by the reported alarming increase in the abuse of drugs by many within age 0-17 years.
Osodieme, who made the observation on Monday in a statement signed on her behalf by her Chief Media Officer, Emeka Ozumba, in commemoration of the 2019 Children’s Day celebration noted that the theme of this year’s celebration: “Drug Abuse Among Children: Addressing the Challenges,” was very apt, called for urgent action by parents and all stakeholders.
Meanwhile, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has assured residents of the state, particularly the vulnerable, that his administration will place priority on their welfare.
He made this known while speaking to newsmen in Ibadan during a special Children Day party organized by the Ark of God Foundation.
Makinde noted that Oyo State ranked fourth on the list of states with the highest number of out-of-school children despite the huge amount budgeted for vulnerable people.
The governor promised that the new government would channel the resources through already established orphanages and homes to have value for the money and also impact the lives of this group of future leaders.
Makinde while celebrating with the entire children of Oyo State, charged them to be good ambassadors of the state, to shun violence and all form of vices.