By Jimitota Onoyume & Daud Olatunji
RIVERS and Ogun states have cancelled this year’s Children’s Day celebrations scheduled to hold on Tuesday over the abduction of the schoolgirls of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.
Rivers State Commissioner for Social Welfare and Rehabilitation, Mr Joe Philip Poroma, yesterday, said in place of the celebrations, government would hold a solemn church service at the Civic Centre, Port Harcourt with children from various schools in the state to pray for the release of the kidnapped students. He said on Wednesday teachers would wear black attire to schools to appeal for the release of the Chibok girls.
A statement by the Secretary to Ogun State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, yesterday, said the cancellation of the Children and Democracy Days celebrations was to identify with parents of the abducted girls and for residents to spend the day in a sober reflection and prayer for release of the girls.