Children in Taraba have been told to work hard to be achievers whose impact would help to end violence and restore peace to Taraba and Nigeria at large.
This charge was given today by the wife of the Taraba state Governor, Barr. Anna Ishaku at the National Children’s Day celebration organised by the Taraba State Ministry for Women Affairs and Child Development.
Barr. Anna lamented that children of this generation have witnessed so much violence compared to those of the previous generation.
She explained that casting her mind back at her childhood and the innocent bliss they all enjoyed, it was with a heavy heart that she watched the match past and prayed that peace be restored to all parts of the world so that children can experience the peace they deserve.
While stressing that this year’s Children’s Day celebration is marked with the theme; ‘’Protect the right of the child in the face of violence and insecurity, end child marriage’’ she emphasized the need for all citizens to work together to end all forms of violence and injustice to children.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Child Development, Mrs Loise Emmanuel in her welcome address disclosed that the day is a happy day because it is a joyful one for the children worldwide. She urged parents to do more in taking care of their children.
She commended the current administration for fully embracing the children of the state. According to her, her ministry had achieved and done a lot in enhancing child security by liaising with relevant Federal and state agencies in the last one year. She stated that this effort has led to a significant reduction in the rate of crimes against children.
She also called on the Government at all levels to formulate policies that will improve the living conditions, health care needs and educational development of children. Recalling the history of Children’s Day celebration which dates back to 1964, she stated that it is a day to show children love and give them a sense of belonging dignity and honour.
Also, the wife of the former speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Mrs. Christy Useni in her goodwill message urged children to shun all forms of vices and avoid bad groups which can make them commit crimes. She also urged the children to work hard in their studies so they can be good leaders of tomorrow.
Highlight of the day was the presentation of prices to the winners of the day and the presentation of the Zenith Bank scholarship awards to deserving customers.