*says over 17.5 million children are either orphaned or vulnerable
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Chief Executive, LifeSupport Network, Miss Itunuoluwa Ajayi on Tuesday advocated the inclusion of comprehensive wellbeing of children and youth into Nigeria developmental plans.
Miss Ajayi in a statement made available to journalists on this year’s World’s Children’s Day tasked the government on the need to respect the fundamental rights of children and youths.
According to her, such an omission has enough tragic power to drive the collective destiny of the nation to the threshold of a calamitous future.
She stressed that over 17.5 million children are either orphaned or vulnerable, with 95percent of these children not receiving any official assistance related to their medical, emotional, social, and school-related needs. ‘
Miss Ajayi pointed out that government should ensure that such basic rights as quality education and healthcare, clean water and functional education infrastructure should be accessible to of every child
The Life Support Chief Executive also advocated the review of the basic education curriculum to include skill-development crafts, adding that children have the natural talents for innovations, therefore the government should include innovative skills display programmes in the school curriculum
LifeSupport Network, also partners Oral Health Africa Initiative, to donate cash and other incentives items to children in orphange homes and schools across the six southwestern state in commemoration of this years ‘World Children’s Day’ by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICF), theme “Reimagine a better future for every child”.
The event which was held across the six Southwest states simultaneously featured various events focussed and was designed to appealed to children and youth’s natural mentality, preferences and imaginations.
At the programme, financial donations and paliatives were given to needy children. Oral Health Africa Initiative, another Non-government Organisation partnering with Life Support also gave oral health tests and talks to orphanage homes.
Schools, and children in Southwest Nigeria were involved in pitching exercises, showcasing the better future of their dreams, there was intense career talk sessions, health and sexuality talk sessions which was accompanied by a heated Interactive session of questions and detailed answers by Volunteering members of Life support.