• Condemns FGM Practice, Other Vices

By Amuche Agbo

As the Nation observes this year’s Children’s Day celebration, the Wife of the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State Chief (Mrs) Rachel Umahi has called on parents to persistently give adequate attention to the welfare of their children for proper upbringing She condemned the practice of female genital mutilation in some parts of country.

This was contained in a statement endorsed and made available to newsmen in Abakaliki by her Chief Press Secretary, Mr Donatus Owo.

The statement said that the Governor’s wife had joined millions of people of goodwill to celebrate Ebonyi children and indeed children across the globe.

It further said that Children’s day celebration is usually an opportunity for introspection to assess and possibly update the responsibilities of parents and leaders to the young ones.

Recalled that there have been turbulence, characterized by hyper challenges of COVID-19 pandemic; the End- SARS crises and heightened insecurity in the past months across the country adding that the atrocious situation seems to deem the modest achievements of government and partners to give a sound and prosperous future for children.

The statement decried the unfortunate reports of insecurity, rape, mindless abduction of school children, secret practice of female genital mutilation, child labour and other forms of violence against children and called on perpetrators of such dastardly act to desist from it or face wrath of government.

However, the statement added that the observance of Children’s Day should not only be instructive, but should stir a fertile opportunity to upgrade the needs of children and prioritize their welfare, especially the issues of safety, education, entrepreneurship, justice, equity, stressing that quality future for children should be given a pontifical place of honour in policies and programmes.

The statement hinted that law enforcement agencies should consciously identify common places where children are found and provide them with adequate security in this era of insecurities while urging parents and care givers to be vigilant and show extra-ordinary commitment on matters concerning their children and wards as they are further leaders
and wished them well in their future endeavors as well as assuring the children’s her avowed commitment to keep intervening for them and also set agenda that would create prosperity and a life changing future for them at all times.