Former Governor of Abia State and Chief Whip of the Senate, Dr. Orji Kalu has cautioned parents and guardians against child abuse and other social vices as children observe the May 27 Children’s Day.
Kalu urged government at all levels to uphold Child Rights Act, stressing that children are leaders of tomorrow.
The former Governor pointed out that children play vital roles in building a nation while applauding parents and guardians for consistently mentoring and parenting children.
In his children’s day message, the Chief Whip of the Senate said, “I felicitate with children across the globe in commemoration of 2023 children’s day.
“I am delighted to commend parents, guardians and policy makers for their efforts in raising responsible and good children.
“Children are future leaders and as such, they deserve good living conditions with proper care by parents and guardians.
“For us to build an ideal society, the rights of children as stipulated in the child rights act must be respected by all and sundry.
“Children must have access to quality education, healthcare, nutritious food, housing and others.
“Collectively, we must protect children by criminalizing a range of acts including child labour, child abuse, child rape, exploitation for pornography and violence against children.
“As parents and guardians, it is our responsibility to raise good children by upholding good moral conduct in our endeavours”.
Kalu while urging government, non-profit organization, civil society groups, the media and other stakeholders in advocating the child rights act, called on parents and guardians to closely monitor their children and wards in their daily activities.