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-To enhance and promote the welfare of women and children, realizing that on women and children’s well being depend the happiness of the home and strength of the society.
FIDA Nigeria celebrates Children’s Day 2016
- Published on Friday, 27 May 2016 13:22
- Written by Ugonna Bestman Elerueanya
FIDA Nigeria celebrates Children's Day 2016 with all our children. It is indeed a day to remind ourselves of the importance of children in our societies. We are mindful of our role as adults in not only raising our children but in bringing out responsible individuals from these lives for which we are responsible.
On this day we share with all those parents and guardians who have generally lost contact with their children because they do not know where they are. We remember our school girls that were abducted over 2 years ago.
As a few of them trickle back home no longer as children, we feel more pain for those who are still away. We remember all our children who are daily exploited because they do not have a voice to speak for themselves. Many of our children are domestic helps in homes of people who society believes are in an advantaged economic position.
We call to mind those children who are daily sent out to the streets to hawk general merchandise, rather than be in school. We alert ourselves about that child who is daily sexually, physically or emotionally abused by a guardian, neighbour or even blood relative.
These children are our responsibilities as adults. Where we fail them we fail ourselves and our country.
As an organization with a mandate to promote, protect and preserve the rights and welfare of children in Nigeria, the affairs of children is what keeps FIDA Nigeria alive. Children's Day 2016 is therefore an opportunity for us to call upon government at national and state levels, as the upper guardian of the child, to look into the affairs of our children nationwide with a view to addressing the teeming issues that have left Nigeria without a future in its children. Nigeria has enacted the Child’s Rights Act, 2003. We call upon those states that are yet to enact state Laws in line with this Act to do so. Those states that have Child Rights Laws in place must ensure effective implementation. It is upon us as a country (a State) which is signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1990 and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, 1999, to ensure that the rights and welfare of our children are realized and adequately catered for, respectively.
Indeed, we today celebrate Nigeria's children for the beauty and hope that they are. As we celebrate, let us correct our wrongs and get into selfless service for our children, that they may fulfil their potential in an environment that is conducive for their growth and development; a Nigeria specially created to bring out that beauty in
MS INIME AGUMA
NATIONAL PRESIDENT FIDA NIGERIA