Aisha Buhari inagurates the 4th FCT Chidrens Parliament Chapter
The 4th FCT children parliament has been inaugurated with the swearing in of the Speaker of the 4th Children Parliament and honourable members of the FCT children parliament.
The Nigerian children parliament came into existence in 2003 and one of its successes is the passage of the Child Right Act.
Mr. Salisu Bala, the Secretary for Social development Secretariat briefed participants on the activities of the children parliament and its successes since inception.
The inauguration of the 4th children parliament started with the explanation of the Child’s rights Act by Mr Archibong Adamson, the coordinator of the Children Parliament. Mr. Archibong Adamson has been coordinating the children parliament for over since its inception. Some of the rights of the Nigerian child were explained by Mr. Achibong.
He said, “ Every child has a right and every child must know the four pillars of the Child right’s act which are: Survival, Development, Protection and participation”.
Mr. Idris yahaya, The anchor of the event in his welcome remarks thanked participants and development partners for supporting the children parliament and its activities since inception.
A presentation by children was made on various forms of child abuse and was done by a honourable member of the children parliament.Children also made presentations on what they want the government to do towards ensuring Nigerian kids are protected and educated. In her presentation, the Head of Child Protection with Save the children Nigeria, Mrs. Anne Kpason explained Save the Children work in Nigeria. On child protection and rights of the Nigerian child, She said: “ We will continue to protect children and ensure their rights are not trampled upon’.
The wife of the President represented by Mrs Alayeki Sylva in her welcome address expressed her commitment towards ensuring that children survive and are educated. She also appreciated development partners such as Save the Children, Smile and Action aid for the support and progress made so far in protecting children and promoting the right of the Nigerian Child.
The speaker of the children Parliament took his oath of Office and was inaugurated by the wife of the President as he was sworn in. The speaker in turn inaugurated other honourable members of the Children Parliament as he read the oath of office to the House. The order paper of the Children parliament was read by the speaker before commencement of the days activities. The event came to a close with a vote of thanks by the Anchor of the event, Mr Idris Yahaya.