Parents Should Live Up to Their Responsibilities, Florence Ajimobi Urges


By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

Wife of the  immediate past Governor of Oyo State, late Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Mrs Florence Ajimobi on Friday tasked Nigerian parents to live up to their responsibilities .
The former First Lady of Oyo State said this while playing host to the Speaker and members of the Oyo State Children’s parliament and students of Lariken School during their courtesy visit to her
Chief Mrs Ajimobi stressed that in doing this, parents in the country should ensure that they are always there for their children, saying, parents have failed in their responsibility because molested and children facing sexual harassment have been unable to confide in their parents especially their mothers on what they are going through, 
Emphasizing that “mothers have failed if their children are being sexually molested and they are unable to tell their mothers”,  Chief Mrs Ajimobi pointed out while in office  as first lady of Oyo State, she worked on a bill to ensure that children’s rights are protected. 
She disclosed that it  took her ” four years to get the bill passed”, adding, ” at a stage, I had to put pressure on members of the State House of Assembly. The result of that effort is that it is an offence to rape, assault or batter a woman in Oyo state”
Chief Mrs Ajimobi lamented that ” in spite of the bill, enough is still not being done to curb the growing trend., saying  “we are not talking to our children enough, we have failed as mothers.”
Expressing  joy at the role of the Children’s Parliament in ensuring that traumatized young girls speak out about their experience, Chief Mrs Ajimobi then advised them to always speak out concerning challenges they face. 
“Speak out, speak above a whisper. Let your parents know what is happening to you. Also look for mentors, somebody you want your life to be like”, she advised.
Speaker of the Children’s Parliament, Daniella Abimbola Kolade in her remarks  expressed appreciation to the former first Lady for always being in the vanguard of the welfare of children and women. 
“You have constantly and relentlessly fought for the right of women and children who are considered vulnerable in the society. You have become a paragon for the children of Oyo State to look up t”, she said. 

Miss Kolade stressed that the visit was to further condole with Mrs. Ajimobi over the death of her husband, the former two-term Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.”
“Oyo State now enjoys better dividends of governance in terms of school buildings, organized transportation, good road networks. All that would not have been possible without the intervention of the immediate past Governor  who served the people till his last breath”.
The Oyo State Children’s parliament and students of Lariken School during the visit presented an award of excellence  to Chief Mrs Ajimobi  by the Speaker for being an icon, an inspiration and a model.


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