TWO non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have called for the recognition of International Orphans Day Celebration to help carter for orphans and vulnerable children in the society.
Ubba-Harris Reach Out Foundation in collaboration with Nike Adekunle Child Foundation made the call Monday in Abuja during the celebration of Children’s Day. They also called for the enforcement of Child’s Right Act to promote children’s right in the country.
According to Mr Chimaobi Ubbaonu Harris, the founder, Ubba-Harris Foundation “there was a growing need to identify with children at the orphanage and to enforce stiffer laws to protect the rights of children in the country.”
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ubba-Harris identified human trafficking, especially of children, as a major contributor to the ongoing humanitarian crisis around the globe, hence the need to make stiffer laws to end the menace.
He said: “The call to save humanity is a call for every one by showing love and protection to our children because the government cannot do it alone.
“We also want a day to be recognised for the orphans to awaken the consciousness to help the kids in the society.”
Mrs. Adekunle noted the importance of adequate funding of the education of the girl-child for national development.
She explained that investment in the girl-child education would promote nation building and reduce street begging among women and girls.
She said: “It is often said that if you educate a woman, you educate the entire society, while if you educate a man, you educate a person.
“Sometimes girls become vulnerable to harassment from men and other unscrupulous people on the street. They need more legal protection.
“Girl-child education is paramount and adequate empowerment cannot be over emphasized.”
She stressed the need to sensitise parents on the importance of the girl-child education for the overall development of the nation’s economy.