Gbajabiamila pledges support for child rights to good education

As Adedoja tasks parents on responsibility

Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila yesterday assured that he would not relent in pushing for the rights of the Nigerian children, including their rights to a good education.

In a statement heralding the 2020 Children’s Day, he stressed that Nigerian children should be given the necessary care and attention, especially quality education that they require to attain their goals in life

Gbajabiamila, who said he always identified with Nigerian children everywhere, noted that in support of the age-long maxim that children were the leaders of tomorrow, concerted efforts must be made by all good-spirited Nigerians to achieve a better tomorrow for Nigerian children.

Urging government at all levels to prioritise children’s education, he assured that he would always champion the cause of the Nigerian children in Parliament and even outside it, insisting that Nigerian children have a lot of potentials that must be carefully harnessed through good education and training.

He said the country could not set aside May 27 every year to celebrate it, children, without taking decisive action to better their lives, adding that all policies, including legislative frameworks, must be put in place to give quality education to Nigerian children to reduce the number of out-of-school children in the country.

In a similar vein, a former Minister of Sports and Special Duties, Professor Taoheed Adedoja has advised parents to use the COVID-19 lockdown period to inculcate Nigerian culture in their children.

In a statement to commemorate this year’s Children Day, Adedoja said, “It is most desirable to encourage our children to speak our Nigerian languages at home, especially at this period rather than the unnecessary overemphasis on speaking of English Language, with a view to protecting our cultural heritage and values.

“Current happenings worldwide have clearly demonstrated that Africa and Nigeria, in particular, should be less dependent on foreign cultures, languages and values in our quest for the development of the education relevant to the needs and aspirations of the continent.”

Adedoja gave the charge in a statement to mark his 69th birthday, which also coincided with the celebration of Children’s Day held on May 27 every year, a tradition that was established universally in 1954 to celebrate children worldwide.

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