The Minister of state for the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Dr. Ramatu Tijani Aliyu has admonished Nigerian children to imbibe the virtues of honesty, discipline, hard work, moral uprightness and obedience to constituted authority.
Dr. Aliyu while representing the Minister of the FCT, Malam Mohammed Musa Bello on the occasion of this year’s Children’s Day celebration in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital congratulated Nigerian children identifying them as national treasures.
“On behalf of the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello and the entire management of FCT Administration, the children have been identified as national and global leaders of the future”.
She stressed that the virtues of honesty, hardwork, obedience to constituted authorities were some of the virtues essential required for building of an ideal society.
The Education Minister of State advised children to shun all acts that might negatively impact on their lives such as dishonesty, cultism, truancy and moral decadence.
She also advised children not to use the lockdown occasioned by COVID-19 as an excuse to be lazy or indolent but instead turn it into a productive avenue to learn new things from their parents and their immediate environment.
“The Federal Government and the indeed the FCT Administration are doing everything within their powers to see that the COVID19 pandemic comes to an end soon. You also must play your own part as well. Observe all the protocols of social distancing, facial covering and constant handwashing or use of hand sanitizers. I also want you to use this opportunity to learn new things from your homes and also from your immediate environment”, the Minister said.
“You should read new books and even learn to cook while also paying attention to your online lessons as if you are in the classroom.”
On this year’s theme “Promoting Girl Child Education for Sustainable Development”,Dr. Aliyu stressed that the girl child education was paramount on the agenda of the FCTA.
She said that FCT has put in place measures towards promoting access to education for girlst to ensure that no girl is deprived of the opportunity to acquire knowledge through formal schooling.
“As part of these measures 20 vulnerable girls have been supported with scholarship grants to the FCT College of Education, Zuba. The girls have been on scholarship since their senior secondary education. This is in addition to scholarship awards to over 200 orphaned girls across the Territory.
“The FCT Administration has also trained gender officers in the management and response to gender based violence in schools as well as promotion of disability rights in schools for girls living with disabilities.
“Trainings were also carried out for school heads and teachers across the FCT on making schools friendlier and safer for girls. This in addition to training them on providing psycho –social support and trauma management for girls who are survivors of sexual based violence in FCT schools,” the Minister said.
She therefore urged parents to make the education of their daughters a priority as according to her, educating the girl child would help contribute to the development of Nigeria as a nation.
Source: Voice of Nigeria