Friday, 27 May 2016

Mrs. Obiano advocates Moral Re-orientation, decries Violence against Children

By emeka ozumba

The wife of the Governor of Anambra State, Her Excellency, Chief (Mrs) Ebelechukwu Obiano has advocated steadfast promotion of moral values and re-orientation in the upbringing of children and for greater attention to prevention of all forms of violence and abuse of children to assure a better future for them. The wife of the governor stated this in her national Children’s Day Message Friday in Awka, Anambra State.

Mrs Obiano who described children as the most vulnerable group of modern society said that the average child is not just looking up to the elders for tutelage and mentoring as they grow older, but are increasingly prone to all forms of molestation orchestrated by depraved adults and called for such acts to be condemned by all men and women of goodwill and sanctioned by relevant authorities.

Said Mrs Obiano: “The Child Rights Act (2003) provides that the “best interest” of the child should be of paramount importance in all actions concerning the child. It therefore demands concerted efforts of all stakeholders for meaningful progress to be achieved against child-related acts of violence such as rape, child labour and trafficking.”

“Like every mother, I understand and appreciate the need to protect and provide for our children. Every mother wants the best for her children, but the society at large must be conscious of the needs of the average child and provide for them. It is therefore important that we train and nurture every child to grow up with the fear of God. I believe the way to achieve this is to sustain moral education and moral re-orientation as well as protect children from all forms of abuse. These are among the issues I engage through my NGO, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ). 

The wife of the Governor restated her commitment to giving opportunities to individuals especially women and youth through her empowerment programmes with training in various vocations, as well as the promotion and protection of the Rights of the Child within the family and the society at large. She also called on the children and parents to spare a thought and prayers for other children who are unable to celebrate the Children’s Day this year especially the sick, the less privileged ones, orphans and many who are inhibited by factors beyond their control.  

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