Oyo State State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has condemned any form of violence against children, saying his administration will continue to protect children against abuse.
The governor stated this at the celebration of Childrenâ€™s Day which attracted about 58 primary schools, 57 secondary schools and 11 Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs).
Ajimobi believes that the nation would benefit immensely if the parents re-orientate and instill sound morals into their wards.
He totally condemned violence against children, saying the inhumane and barbaric tradition of female genital mutilation and the current trend of child abuse would no longer be condoned.
According to him, â€œthe current trend of violence through child trafficking, child forced marriages, sex exploitation and abduction would no longer be condoned. The protection of the child and the promotion of their well-being are closely linked to development and well-being of the society.
â€œViolence against children, like child labour, takes place more in the developing countries and can have devastating long term impact on the well-being of the children as well as the progress of the society,â€ he said.
The governor said that his administration would continue to evolve policies and initiatives aimed at grooming the children for success and future of the country.
Master Akinyele Olanrewaju, who spoke on behalf of the children, said that taking care of the children was tantamount to taking care of the future of the society and human race.
Olanrewaju appreciated the state government for not taking matters relating to their protection as very seriously as it was the practice in developed nations of the world.
He stated that the state government has instituted policies designed not only to ensure all children in the state enjoyed formal education but qualitative one, especially the recently constituted School Governing Board Model (SGB).
According to him, â€œthis is why we children will continue to appreciate the hard work of Oyo State Government in prioritizing child protection as entrenched in the SDGs despite fiscal constraints.My fellow children, I want to encourage us to be good to our parents, be hard working, focused and responsible children in schools and at home
â€œThis will make our parents to do more in ensuring that our basic needs are met and our rights are given pride of place in the scheme of things and a better future is guaranteed for all and sundry.â€