Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila has congratulated Nigerian children on the occasion of this year’s Children’s Day celebration.
The speaker noted that children were worth celebrating for their visible determination to succeed against all odds, as exemplified by the many feats they had accomplished since the last celebration.
He, however, emphasised the need for concerted efforts to assist Nigerian children in harnessing their potential and fulfilling their dreams.
In his message contained in a statement by his SA media, Lanre Lasisi, Gbajabiamila said the fearsome reported statistics of out-of-school children in the country called for concern for the future of the country.
“The saying that children are the leaders of tomorrow lies in a deliberate and strategic formulation and implementation of policies, including the legislative framework to give quality education to Nigerian children and reduce the number of out-of-school children at all levels of the government.
It is for this reason that the 9th House prioritised the passage of legislation that impacts positively on the socio-economic well-being of Nigerians,” the message read in part.
He also said no efforts should be spared by the governments at all levels and the private sector in supporting policies that “promote the rights of the Nigerian child, including their inalienable right to a good education.”
He enjoined parents to ensure that the Nigerian child “is not excluded from global competitions and emerging trends in a constantly changing global village.”