9 November 2011

Nigeria: Aregbesola's Wife Admonishes Women On Child Abuse

Osogbo — Wife of Osun State Governor, Alhaja Sherifat Aregbesola has admonished women to desist from the idea of using children as means of making money because such habit amounts to child trafficking.

She stated this while hosting Muslim children to a special Eid-el-kabir children's party at the Government House, Osogbo. She lamented the rate at which parents send their wards into slavery, using them as househelp so as to earn income.

"It is very important that parents should stop using their children as househelps as this is against the law, it is an act of child trafficking and it is illegal," she stated.

According to her, parents should exploit the free education of the state government and send the children to school in order to guarantee a better future for them.

She noted that failure to send children to school was contrary to the law of the state and that government would not hesitate to punish such parents who exploit children for trafficking.

"The best means by which parents could bestow an unending legacy that would continue to reverberate in the lives of their children is by sending them to school, she said, adding that bringing children from different socio-economic background together would further endear unity and cooperation among them, saying such gathering would help them develop mental alertness.

Also speaking, Governor Rauf Aregbesola advised the children to always be in the vanguard of a better future and urged them to remain dedicated to their education so as to become successful.

Citing from the Holy Qur'an, he admonished the children to always acknowledge God first in their endeavours and also challenged them to follow the rules of hygiene and inculcate the culture of green environment by planting flowers in their homes.

Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Mrs. Adetoun Adegboyega called on parents to cooperate with government on its effort to ensure the protection of children's rights.

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