A NON-Governmental Organisation “36 Children Foundation” floated by a group of Nigerians with deep passion to better the welfare of children and youths in the country has reiterated their desire to empower about one million Nigerian children and youths every year as part of their contribution to improve children and youth welfare in the nation.
Disclosing this to newsmen during the official launching of the foundation to kick start the operation of the foundation in all the six geographical zones of the country held at Knight of Abbey event Centre, All Saints Anglican Cathedral Church premises, Onitsha, Mr. Michael Chukwuma Uzodimma and Mr. Michael Anochie, founder and member, board of trustees of the foundation respectively noted that the organisation’s name ’36’ signifies the interest of all children and youths that is in all the 36 states of the federation including Abuja.
The duo said that 36 Children Foundation intends to pursue programmes on free skill acquisition trainings, guidance and counseling, free healthcare, employments, scholarship education, relief materials among others for all Nigerian children and youths irrespective of tribe, religion etc.
They called on Nigerians, corporate bodies and religious organisations to invest on empowerment of children and youths for the country to have a viable future. The duo regretted the pitiable condition of children and youths in the country especially those from poor background while also lamenting high incidents of child abuses and rapes which they say is condemnable.
Moreover, Ogbueshi Oscar Ukadike appealed to government at all levels to come up with better programmes and policies that will improve the condition of children and youths as it is obtained in most advanced countries.
According to Chukwuma,“Nigeria was recently rated highly on poverty indices, this has obviously affected the ability of parents and care givers to train their children adequately, these children roam about the street with its attendance hazards and consequences, statistics showed that over 80% of youths in Nigeria are not empowered, hence the need to bring out the best in them is our paramount concern”.
In his remarks, Chairman, Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board, Chief Patrick Ugbaja represented by Director DAS, Lady Stella Ezepue commended the foundation for their magnanimity and passion towards children’s education and youth empowerment, saying that the board was ready to assist their goals.
However, the inauguration saw in attendance primary and secondary schools from across the state.