ANAMBRA CELEBRATES THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF AFRICAN CHILD, KICKS AGAINST CHILD’S RIGHT VIOLATION
By Ajemba Maryann Chidinma
Anambra state has joined the rest of the world to celebrate this year International Day of the African Child. Speaking, at Awka, the commissioner of Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs, Dr Victoria Chikwelu assured that the Willie Obiano Administration will not relent on it’s efforts in ensuring equal right for the disabled and the non disabled children in the state. The commissioner who was represented by the ministry Permanent Secretary Mr Azuka Oformata explained that the theme of this year’s celebration which is: “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for Children in Africa; Accelerating protection empowerment and equal opportunity” is attainable and keys into the plans of the present government agenda in kicking against Child’s Right Violation.
Interacting with the children, the WASH consultant, Mr Clement Chigbo urged the children to be of good behaviour as well as make the state and humanity proud, adding that by 2030 no child of Anambra Origin who is of school age would be out of school or would be engaged in child’s labour or trafficking, cultism and other vices.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Field Officer Social Policy, Mr Ibrahim Conteh educated the children on the Six Development Goals, Water and Sanitation. Another speaker Sir Emekwa Ejide also enlightened them on the right and responsibilities of a child and how the right of the child will be protected.
It will be recalled that the International Day of African Child was initiated by OAU since 1991 and its been celebrated globally every year on 16th of June. This year’s occasion of African Child was organized by EU, UNICEF in collaboration with the Anambra State Government and the ABS in Awka. Drama, cultural dances were performed by various school children and the cutting of cake by the children formed the side attraction of the event.