Lagos — As the world celebrates 2014 Children's Day, the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has advocated proper training and the protection of children so they would have better future.
Speaking at a sensitisation programme for pupils of public primary schools in Lagos State to commemorate this year's children's day with the theme, "Mould the Child, Shape the Future", Executive Chairman, SUBEB, Mrs. Gbolahan Daodu said children are continuously subjected to abuse and neglect despite the promulgation of the Child Right Act in the country.
She also declared that children must be trained the right way that would help them in future.
According to her, the nation is yet to witness considerable reduction in the rate at which the Nigerian children especially female children are subjected to physical, sexual or emotional ill-treatment most especially by those who should ordinarily be responsible for their welfare.
"I will like to appeal to parents, guardians to take good care of their children and wards, so they can become responsible adults in the society. Pupils should be tutored the way they should go so that they don't miss it. It is the duty of parents, government to inculcate the right values in them. Security and protection of children must be our priority. They are Gods gifts given to us, we must protect them. When we play our role they will not be abused, raped.
"As a child, you have right to be loved, taken care of, educated and taught the dos and don'ts. Have the right attitude, be focused in your education and the sky will be the beginning," she said.
Deputy Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly, Lola Akande maintained that without education a country cannot improve. She explained that the world is experiencing social vices today because many children that grow into adulthood lack proper up-bring. "We should train the children the way of God when they grow up they will not depart from it. If Boko Haram led by Shekau were given proper education and good home training, they will know that some things are not good, they will not abduct children. It is not the exclusive duty of family to protect the child rights but duty of society and government.
Parents and society must be careful on how we train the child because whatever happens to the child now is what he grows up to be and will teach others."
Mr. Clement Makinwa, Chief Operation Officer, House of Teens International said effect of child abuse is enormous on the nation. "You can see what is happening in our nation. It's not the devil but accumulation of neglect by our leaders, accumulation of pain to tell those that have make life difficult for them. The society should create environment for people to make it. Do you know how many Shekau we have in Nigeria? Many children still go through trauma as house help. Government should eradicate poverty by creating employment and conducive environment. A child not train will become another Shekau."