The Federal Government has urged state governors to adopt laws and policies that would bring an end to violence against children and other cultural practices that hinder their development.
The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo made the call in Lafia at the Children’s Day Celebration themed “Child Protection and the Sustainable Development Goals: Issues and Opportunities”
Osinbajo’s speech was read by the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, Bamaiyi Anangba, who also represented Governor Tanko Al-Makura at the occasion. Osinbajo renewed federal government’s commitment in ensuring that the rights of the Nigerian child are protected. He urged other stakeholders to join in the fight against child violence and ensure that Nigerian children enjoyed their rights.
He also disclosed that the federal government was providing one free nutritional meal to over 1, 274,620 pupils in 9,212 schools in nine states of the federation under its Home Grown School Feeding Programme.
The acting president also reaffirmed that the federal government would continue to accelerate programmes and investment through ministries and agencies to build protective services and empower families and children.
“As a country and as a government, we cannot afford to delay efforts that will ensure protection and development of our children through preventive approaches,” he said.
He appreciated security agencies for their efforts so far in protecting Nigerian children against danger and violence in line with the provision of extant laws but urged them to redouble their efforts.
Osinbajo congratulated the Nigerian children as they celebrated their day.
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