Obasa harps on protection of children’s rights, welfare




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Lagos   – The Speaker of the , Mr Mudashiru Obasa, on Thursday urged government at all levels to redouble efforts towards protection of children’ rights and welfare the country.
Obasa, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Musbau Rasak, to commemorate the 2016 Children’s Day celebration, said that government enhance safety and welfare of children.
The speaker called on children to do away with crimes and violence, stressing that young ones shape their character to prepare for challenges of nation building.
“The realisation that children are future leaders of tomorrow makes it imperative for individuals, government at all levels and corporate organisations to put all hands on deck.
“Governments should improve on activities aimed at protecting the rights of children.
The only way we can assist children to attain their full potentials is by protecting their rights,” he said.
The lawmaker, stressed the importance of education for children, expressed dismay at children of school age hawking or doing menial jobs during school hours.
“I’m always disturbed seeing children of school age hawking or doing other things while they should be in school, especially when education is free in Lagos State.
“The country is faced with various  and children are now being used as agents of destruction.
“It is saddening to see children being used in suicide bombing, kidnapping and armed robbery.
“This is a critical period in our history and the parents should rise up to the challenge.
“It is important that we, as parents, must monitor our children and ask questions about the friends they keep,” he said.
The speaker said that the House was committed to putting in place measures that would continue to protect rights of children.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Children’s Day is celebrated on May 27. (NAN)