By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
Zamfara State Governor, Dr Bello Mohammed Matawalle has called on parents not to relent efforts in giving their children sound education while staying at home due to COVID 19 pandemic.
The Governor made the call today during a state wide broadcast to mark this year’s 2020 children day celebration.
“Let me use this opportunity to call on parents and guardians to always bear in mind that sound training of their children and wards is not only a social obligation but also a religious one. Socialisation, as we all know, starts at home. As parents, we can make or mar the future of our children, and we shall in either case account for it before Allah in the Hereafter. They are a trust upon us by Him,” he said.
Matawalle charged children to be good ambassadors of the parents and the society as they are the future of the country.
“As we are marking this year’s Children’s Day at a period of a global pandemic of Covid-19, I urge you, our dear children, to make the best use of the stay at home period to study your books and engage in useful academic exercises. You should not waste away this opportunity by playing and watching television all the time,” he said.
The governor said in the pursuance of the noble objective of championing the cause children his administration accords topmost priority to education, with 18.5% of the 2020 budget dedicated to the sector.
“I believe if children’s education is not given the attention it deserves, the future of our society is bleak. Education, though a longtime investment, is the bedrock of societal development,” he said.
Matawalle tasked teachers as the second most important agents of socialisation to rededicate themselves to the crucial task of moral and intellectual training of the children.
“We are fully aware that teaching is one of the most difficult professions, more especially in the present changing circumstances. These children you are entrusted with look up to you as their models. So, I advise you to always exhibit good virtues before them and bear in mind that you will give an account of that trust in the Hereafter,” he said.
The governor advised the children not to engage in any act capable of destroying their future.
“You must always be punctual to school and pay attention to your studies. You must also work very hard to prepare yourselves for your future role of leadership. Shun all forms of drug addiction and other anti-social behaviours whose consequences are always regrettable,” he said..