In a bid to achieve a better society, the Tutor General/Permanent Secretary, Lagos Education District IV, Mrs. Lola Are-Adegbite, has called on parents and guardians to support the Lagos State’s Child Right Protection Policy.
Are-Adegbite, who made the call during her visit to some Correctional centres in the State, acknowledged that parents and guardians are the major stakeholders in child-related matters and pleaded with them to speak up against child abuse and other unlawful acts against the provisions of the Child Right Policy such that every perpetrator of evil can be brought to book.
Lamenting the setback being encountered in the successful implementation of the policy, the Tutor General who was joined on the visit by officials of School Social Work Department of the Ministry of Youths and Social Development and Education Directors from the District, stressed the importance of correctional centres in a cosmopolitan city like Lagos.
According to her, it is important for members of the public to make use of the various correctional centres in the State, adding that the right of the children and their future will only be guaranteed when there is collaboration between the government and the populace.
The Permanent secretary said if parents could train their wards to be obedient, eschew violence and abstains from hooliganism, truancy and the likes; the various forms of abuse prevalent in the society would be minimized, while the children would be in the best position to realize their full potential.
The Permanent Secretary noted that child upbringing is a crucial role that requires parents and guardians to always strive their best for the children and also ensure that they are protected from all forms of abuse.
Are-Adegbite also advised the students to seize the various opportunities available to them to improve their self-worth and not jeopardise their future through peer pressure.