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Elrufai to establish children’s parliament as Lagos checks school drop-out

Governor Nasiru Elrufai has asked the state Commissioners for Human Services and Social Development and that of Justice to draft a Legal and Administrative framework for the establishment of the Children’s parliament.

He stated this when he received a delegation of pupils from Kaduna State public Schools in commemoration of this year’s Children’s Day Celebration held at government House.

Governor Elrufai said the legal framework will define who should be a member of the parliament, and its duration, among others.

Governor Elrufai expressed hope that the parliament will be inaugurated before he leaves office and to enshrine it in the state laws to become part of the Kaduna State legal system.

“Because we love to have your input as we debate policy”

The Governor also revealed that Kaduna State is one of the few states in Nigeria that consistently Budget at least forty percent of its total budget every year to improve the lives of children.

He said the government spent 540 naira per percent of students in a day on feeding in boarding Secondary Schools, stressing that when he came as a governor it was 21 naira per day.

The Child Protection Specialist of UNICEF, Kaduna Field office Dr Wilfred Mamah said Kaduna State has achieved a lot in terms of law, implementation and education.

Earlier, The Advocacy and Communication Coordinator, Save the Children International, Hajiya Murjanatu Kabir appreciated the governor for his efforts at improving the lives of children.

For the Children here” We have heard all the presentations you have made and we heard the most interesting part requesting the government to support you to amplify your voices by engaging you in decision makings.

She also commended the Ministry of Human Services and Social Development for ensuring that all children are supported, learning, protected and they are surviving.

During the visit, the students made several requests to the Kaduna State government aimed at improving the lives of children in every aspect.

Lagos Adopts Comprehensive School Model To Check Drop-Out Syndrome

In a bid to empower students with requisite skills for a self-reliant future, the Lagos State government says it has commenced a comprehensive school programme for secondary school students in twelve Schools.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who made this known in Ikeja at a parade and rally to mark this year’s Children’s Day explained that the  Comprehensive School model aims to provide an opportunity for students to learn a range of vocational skills alongside the normal school curriculum as the students are selected based on vocation and skills interest.

Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folasade Jaji, Governor Sanwo-Olu announced that his administration intends to increase the schools to 50 before the end of the year and urged children not to toy with their education, but to strive hard to make their parents and the entire State proud.

“Our administration is desirous of empowering students with requisite skills for a self-reliant future by providing a suitable path for them based on their skill competence.

We recognize the role education plays in ensuring a better future for our children. We have also intensified efforts through the Project Zero Programme to curb the rate of out-of-school children and bring them back to school as our administration has zero tolerance for Out of School Children.

The Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo who noted that students in the State have continued to distinguish themselves in national and international competitions winning several laurels and trophies for the State acknowledges the role of teachers in mentoring these children and commended parents and guardians for being good role models.

Buhari reaffirms commitment to prioritize welfare of Nigerian child

President Muhammadu Buhari has reaffirmed the commitment of his Administration to continue to prioritize the welfare and protection of the Nigerian Child.

President Buhari gave this assurance at a ceremony to mark the 2022 children’s day celebration with the school children at the Old Parade Ground in Abuja.

Addressing the children on the occasion, President Buhari represented by the FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Musa Bello said his Administration had initiated and implemented a series of Programmes to enhance the welfare of children across the country.

President Buhari highlighted part of these Programmes to include the inauguration of a campaign to end child marriage, as well as school feeding programmes to encourage more enrollment of out of school children.

President Buhari who also used the medium to task State Governments and other stakeholders on the domestication of the child right act of 2003, stressed the need for all out of school children to be off the streets.

“I call on all States to domesticate and effectively implement the Child Rights Act, 2003 and the VAPP Act, 2015; remove our children from the streets and enroll them in schools both formal and informal…put a framework in place to ensure children access justice…I urge all Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Civil Society Organizations, non-governmental organizations, faith-based organizations, international partners, religious leaders, traditional leaders, the media, the private sectors, the teachers and most importantly parents to collectively renew our commitment to protect our children from all forms of violence in our homes. Buhari said.

President Buhari who further assured that the Government would not relent at ensuring the containment of violence against children commended the Nigerian teachers for their tenacity and zeal in imparting the children.

The Minister of State for FCT, Dr Ramatu Tijani Aliyu Represented by the Secretary Social Development Secretariat, Hajiya Hadiza Mohammed Kabir called on parents and teachers to always give the right counsel and guidance to their children to enable them to develop good morals.

On her part, the Minister of Education represented by the Director, Education Support Service, Dr Lydia Giginna who stressed the need for issues affecting children to be on the front burner, called for more technological support for the Nigerian Child to position them for global competitiveness.

Some Nigerian students who spoke with Radio Nigeria unanimously identified epileptic power supply, inadequate water, and insufficient bathrooms and toilets in most boarding schools as some major challenges facing most students, appealed to the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency address the water and electricity challenges across public schools nationwide.

For Mercy Pepple, teachers’ welfare should be prioritized and well trained to avoid transferring their aggression to innocent students.

She also advocated for the provision of updated textbooks on all subjects in school bookshops at affordable prices across the federation.

The Programme organized by FCTA in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs featured special songs on Unity and the presentation of trophies to schools that emerged winners in the march past competition from Primary, Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary school categories.

Reporting by Aminu Dalhatu, Omolara Omosanya and Remi Johnson; editing by Abdullahi Lamino, Daniel Adejo