My Administration Is Committed To Children’s Educational Advancement And Overall Well-Being – Obaseki
The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has sent a felicitation message to Nigerian children on the commemoration of the 2019 Children’s day, adding that his administration is resolute on the protection of the rights, dignity, and physical space of children.
Obaseki in his address, said: “As we mark Children’s Day, I join millions of parents, guardians and care givers across the country to celebrate our children, our future and unique gifts from God.”
“Our administration is resolute about the need to protect children’s rights, their dignity and physical space, through our Child Rights Act, which protects them from any form of abuse and exploitation.”
Obaseki assured that his commitment to “children’s educational advancement and overall well-being as they are the legacy of Edo State and our dear nation.”
He reiterated that the state’s educational sector is undergoing transformation in order to prepare the children for the reality of the information and communication technology-driven modern society.
“In addition to the new structures that we are establishing to cater to the needs of teachers and students in the basic education sub-sector, we are replacing the age-old corporal punishment with a new programme that makes a clear distinction between child abuse and discipline,” Obaseki stated.
NIGERIA NEWS gathered that the governor has put in place a fencing squad to begin the erection of perimeter fencing in all primary schools in the state to protect the physical space of pupils in the schools.
He further admonished parents and care givers to pay more than the usual attention to their children and those kept under their watch, as an inter-ministerial committee on Child Sexual Abuse is set to develop a framework for prevention of child abuse and effective handling of such cases.