A Governorship aspirant under the All Progressives Congress in the October 10, 2020 election in Ondo State, Chief Olayide Owolabi Adelami has promised to address all inadequacies impeding efficient implementation of Child’s Rights Law 2007 if elected into office.
Adelami made this known in a press statement he personally signed to celebrate the 2020 Day of the African Child.
Adelami assured that if elected as Governor of ondo state,his administration will give full commitment to welfare of children in the state.
He also berated the Rotimi Akeredolu-led administration for not doing enough for orphans and vulnerable children in the state since coming into office.
“It is of note that the interest of children, especially the vulnerable ones must be important to a true leader to make the difference required.”
” I have it on good authority that in the past three years, orphans and children of the less privileged people in our state have got little attention from the government.
“The orphanages in our states are not seen or heard of in the scheme of things. When the right thing is to leave no one behind, many of such have been left behind in the past. How many orphans do we have in the state? How many child headed homes do we have? How many street kids do we have and how many out of school kids do we have? These are not known because there is little commitment to children issues.
The former National Assembly Deputy Clerk also promised to domesticate the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act in the state if voted into office.
“A government should be measured by its care for children. While the present government has paid lip service to the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, we as an administration will make it our priority to domesticate it once elected.
“How do we protect children from violence in the state, if there is no law set aside for that purpose? The Child’s Rights Law 2007 is not even been implemented with the required resources and manpower. This needs to change. We will bring this change.
“That is why for us the children in need of special protections such as the orphans both in institutions and families will be of great interest because when you make the lives of these ones better, it is then a government has served the people and served God,” he added.
Adelami while celebrating Ondo State children promised that his administration would give quality leadership to them irrespective of which side of the divide they find themselves.
“Today is significant to children, their caregivers, Africa as a whole and, of course, all blacks in the world. Let’s give our children the best of governance, no matter the class, status, colour, in rural or urban setting, rich or poor, in fact, every child. And that is what I stand for.” Adalami concluded.
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