By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Country Lead for Living Word Mission , (LIWOM), Mr Marcus Williams, on Monday tasked parents to protect their children against any form of Sexual abuse and Gender Based Violence.
Mr Williams gave the charge while speaking at the 2020 end of the year party held at the LIWOM headquarters in Ososami area of Ibadan,
According to the Women and Children advocate, the time has come for parents to keep their children within the family community for better development and care.
Mr Williams emphasized that the parent’s protection of their children against any form of Sexual abused, Gender Based Violence became necessary in view of the fact that some children with such treatments in the past have been assisted in the home to get justice and counselling as well as necessary support to be better persons in future.
He disclosed further that efforts are in top gear to ensure that National policy agenda is provided to give children the best and a better life to every child in Oyo state and Nigeria at large.
Speaking on the activities of LIWOM since it’s inception, Pastor Williams stated that it has provided shelter for over 350 males and females since its inception over 24years ago and that the best place to train and protect children is best within the family set up.
He stressed that the 24years existence of the Orphanage home has recorded tremendous success for all the children that passed through the house and who have become very successful in their various endeavours.
Mr Williams added that the home has also provided shelter for children living with HIV/AIDS without any form of stigma or discrimination among other children living within the home.
The Country Lead for LIWOM pointed out that presently, only 85 children are in the home and that they get the best of educational development, care and love as they are being brought up in a godly manner.
Mr Williams however lauded the Oyo state Ministry of Health for the financial, material and necessary support towards the children, training and retraining for the caregivers, all in a bid to give the children the best.
Speaking, Oyo State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Mrs Faosat Sanni said the Ministry is saddled with the responsibility to attending and solving problems involving and affecting women and children which has been taken care of from time to time.
Represented by Mrs Salaudeen, the Commissioner disclosed that though Christmas is a time for celebration and without waiting for a time like this administration has been supporting homes with food items and subvention as expected.
She therefore urged everyone throughout this season to imbibe the spirit of oneness and love as Jesus Christ preached throughout his life and time.