Children’s Day: NSHA Speaker Calls For Collaborative Efforts On Out Of School Children

By Our ReporterIn commemoration of May 27 International Children Day’s celebration, Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, has advocated for more collaborative efforts to end the number of out of school children in the country.A statement by Press Secretary to the speaker, Jibrin Gwamna quotes the speaker as describing children as special gift from God , hence the need for parents , stakeholders and the authorities to ensure that the Nigeria child is given all the necessary support through love, education and moral trainingSpeaker Balarabe Abdullahi, who identified with children on the children Day’s celebration which is being celebrated in a low key nation wide due to COVID-19 pandemic lamented on the growing rate of out of school children, child labour , street hawking and begging and violence against children, emphasized the need for collective responsibilities to tackle the menace in the country.He also condemned violence against children, calling for all hands to be on deck to address the problem.” If parents, stakeholders among other groups join hands with government in tackling child abuse, child labour and violence against children in the country, it would go a long way in promoting peace and societal development.Speaker Balarabe Abdullahi urged parents to see education as a lasting legacy they can bequeath on their children and give it optimal priority.He has also described education as the best instrument to fight poverty and other societal vices hence the need for parents to give topmost priority to the education of their children.“Education is the leeway to success in life; a route to escape from poverty box and it is the bedrock of every society as knowledge is power and we most do everything humanly possible to ensure that children get the best education,’’ the speaker said.Balarabe Abdullahi, who felicitates with children on their special day, prayed God to continue to protect the children with sound health and brighter future for more rewarding generation.The Speaker reiterated the state assembly’s commitment to continue to support any government policies and programmes as well as legislature that would protect the right of children and better their lots in the society.