Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State has assured the children of the state that their wellbeing and development is of utmost importance to his administration and beyond, adding that life itself is a transition from childhood to adulthood.
Jang lamented that records have shown that quite a number of children do not have access to quality education while five out of every one thousand die before the age of five years. He spoke yesterday at this year’s Children’s Day which took place at the Rwanpam Township Stadium, Jos. He was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Nanle Dashen.
The governor said that in spite of the global situation, the state has done a lot to improve access and qualitative basic education through the provision of improved learning environment and learning facilities as well as teacher motivation.
In the area of health, he said the state has made and is still making efforts to ensure that children between zero to five years are immunized and that the issue of malaria, measles and other child killer diseases are adequately addressed.
According to him, other efforts are in the area of reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS among children which he said is in recognition of the fact that the provision will enhance the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Jang noted that the administration gives priority to the allocation of resources in the areas that affect children by making a deliberate effort to empower families and parents so that children will have access to basic quality health and educational care.
“I wish to remind us all of the importance of providing the enabling environment and the necessary care that will facilitate the adequate protection of children from abuse, exploitation, and all forms of violence against children. At this point, the importance of proper implementation of the provisions of the Child’s Rights Law as passed by the House of Assembly in 2005 becomes imperative.
“This call is not withstanding the fact that the ultimate responsibility of ensuring child rights lies with government. However, these rights cannot be fulfilled without the involvement of parents, civil societies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), donor agencies and private organisations at all levels,” Jang stated.
He stressed that there is no issue more important to humanity and its future than the survival and development of the children who are the leaders of tomorrow.
Welcoming the guest earlier, Commissioner for Women Development and Social Development, Mrs. Olivia Dazyam, thanked all who graced the occasion, pointing out that “the children are our future and our collective responsibilities.” She urged parents to re-direct their attention towards the children and make sure that their future is guaranteed.