Nigeria – Wife of Governor of Anambra State and founder of Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE), Dr. Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) has called on parents and guardians to be steadfast in protecting children from hunger and all forms of abuse.
Mrs Obiano made the call in a Special Message signed on her behalf by Mr. Emeka Ozumba, the Deputy Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Anambra State in commemoration of Children’s Day on May 27, 2021.
In the message Mrs Obiano advised that it has become important more than ever before for parents and guardians to look after and ensure the wellbeing and safety of children.
In her words: “I have no doubt that the precarious situation and worsening privation in the land has put enormous pressure on parents who unwittingly shirk commitment to the wellbeing of children as they go in search of succour, thereby leaving gap for all manner of predators and traffickers to break into homes in their absence.”
Continuing further she said;
“As we celebrate the children, let us be mindful of the need to continously promote children’s rights, and shield them from all forms of molestations and deprivations. One of the ways of achieving that is through advocacy and creating awareness of the prevailing threats and conscious of the dangers among children nationwide, as well as working steadfastly at improving their safety and welfare at all times.”
Mrs Obiano equally assured that she will continue to use the instrument of her NGO, CAFE, to promote and advocate steady improvement in child mortality rate through regular immunization and prevention of childhood diseases; work with relevant agencies of government and partners to ensure the enforcement of the Child Rights Act within Anambra State and beyond and support stability in families as a means of raising future responsible leaders.
She commended the Anambra State Government for being in the vanguard of states domesticating child friendly laws and sustaining attention to safety and welfare of children, as well as parents, guardians, teachers and other professionals caregivers for their role in the training of children for the good of the society.