As Nigerian Children celebrate their day today, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State has advised them to stay away from all form of vices that can destroy their future and progress.
Fashola who spoke in Lagos today on the occasion of 2015 Children’s Day Celebration in the State noted that it was important for Nigerian Children to desist from drug abuse, bad friends and crimes among other vices.
Said he, “I urged you to stay away from all vices that can destroy your future. I want you to stay away from drug abuse, ignore bad friends who might want to introduce you to cultism, stay away from violence and bad gangs but rather you can join social and voluntary clubs such as Boys Brigade, Girls Guide and Sheriff Guard among others that have been created for you to mould your future,”
The Governor appreciated and thanked the children for giving him the opportunity to serve the state for eight years stressing that even though the children did not vote at the election he was impressed with their campaigns as they, the children, urged their parents to vote for him through their songs and other presentations.
He enjoined the children not to forget all the things that they have learnt together such as the road safety rules and signs, traffic rules, the climate change rule to protect their environment, hand washing techniques which helped the state to combat the Ebola Virus during its outbreak adding that the children should continue with all these habit in order to make Lagos State a better place for all.
The Governor then urged the children to stand by the incoming Governor of the State so that he can be able to give good governance to the state as well as provide qualitative education to them.
Mr. Fashola who listed some of the achievements of his government as including the provision of notable infrastructure such as Child and Maternal Centers for the safe delivery of mother and child, good primary and secondary schools to enhance qualitative education delivery and the provision of solar power system in 172 schools in order to power electricity in those schools among others adding that the second phase of the solar power project would soon take off.
Earlier in an address of welcome, Miss Diugwu Chinaza, a student of Agidingbi Senior High School appealed to the State Government to use the occasion of today’s Children’s Day Celebration to draw awareness to the plights of children around the world that have succumbed to violence in the forms of abuse, exploitation and discrimination among others
She stated that since the proclamation by the World Conference for the wellbeing of children in 1925, Children’s Day has since been celebrated annually in order to celebrate and display affection and concern for children, their welfare, hope and aspirations in government’s determination at ensuring that the future of the nation is left in capable hands.
Said she, “I wish to say that the new government can demonstrate its affection and concern for us if only our colleagues from Chibok that are still missing are brought back home to the comfort and safety of their parents alive.”
Miss Chinasa commended the state governor for his commitment to the delivery for qualitative education in the State just as she appreciated and thanked their teachers for their various efforts, commitment and hard works to position them for a brighter and greater future.