…as Sosan decries child abuse
By Kenneth Ehigiator, Prince Osuagwu & Gbenga Akanmu
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, yesterday, charged Nigerians to stop mourning the past and look at the challenges ahead of the country as she celebrates 50 years of nationhood.
Also the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Sarah Sosan, has urged children not to allow themselves to be abused as they are the future of the nation. She gave this charge in Lagos yesterday at Emzor’s Wellness Club Walk for Life, a platform established in schools to reach out and interact with the nation’s future leaders.
The governor also assured Lagos residents that the pace of development had not slowed down as alleged by people in some quarters, noting that government’s decision to tarry was to allow the wet season to subside so as not to waste the state’s resources.
Fashola, who spoke in an interview with newsmen at the presidential wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, said the focus of the leadership of the country and the people should be on how to engage the present, with regards to the development of the country.
Fashola said it was unwise to dwell on the past and allow the present and future development of the country slip by.
He said: “There is life, there is hope and I believe that what lies ahead of us, really, is more important than what we have put behind us and I think we should focus more in engaging with the present and the future rather than mourning the past.”
To keep accurate record and information of Nigeria’s activities, particularly the independence celebration today, a Nigerian information technology strategist company, Ibn International Ltd, yesterday, launched an online portal www.nigeriabusinessfile.com.
The website is the first country-branded and a massive central data source for authentic information about Nigeria. Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. John Ulo-Edumoh, said the website was a vast compilation of data from well researched and reliable sources, adding that it would liberate Nigerians from information bankruptcy.
Lagos House Speaker on Nigeria @ 50
Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, has said that Nigeria must solve the basic challenges of electricity, transportation and education in order to develop the country.
Commenting on the 50th anniversary of the nation’s independence, yesterday, during plenary session, Ikuforiji declared that these challenges could be solved but for the selfish interest and greed on the part of those in positions of authority.
caused the problems.
He called for a reorientation of Nigerians and challenged the youth to do away with actions inimical to the development of the country and chart a new path that would lead to the country’s greatness.
According to him, developing the country was a “collective responsibility and not only that of the leaders,” adding that nevertheless the country has cause to celebrate.
Sosan decries child abuse
Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Sarah Sosan, has urged children not to allow themselves to be abused as they are the future of the nation. She gave this charge in Lagos yesterday at Emzor’s Wellness Club Walk for Life, a platform established in schools to reach out and interact with the nation’s future leaders.
Represented by Mrs. Folorunsho Ogunlana, the Deputy Governor said child abuse was one of the nation’s most serious problems that occur at every socio-economic level and must be tackled headlong.
She said: “Each day in Nigeria, one or more children die as a result of child abuse, and three out of four of these victims are under the age of four.
“Studies have shown the link between child abuse and neglect of children and a wide range of medical, emotional, and behavioural disorders such as depression, alcohol abuse, drug addiction and juvenile delinquency.”
Also speaking at the event, Mrs. Kehinde Komolafe, Head, Enlightenment & Public Unit of the National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other Related Matters, NAPTIP, noted that child abuse was often as a result of negligence on the part of parents.
Komolafe added poverty was one of the pre-conditions for child abuse, “child trafficking can occur when children are abducted from the streets, sold into sexual slavery and forced marriage by relatives, or in any place where traffickers, prey upon a child’s vulnerabilities.”
She added “most women in prostitution are trafficked into the sex industry as children. 75-80 percent of women in prostitution were sexually abused as children.
So we are pleading to you, children and parents that whenever you see those involved in child abuse or child trafficking, you should let us know about it so that those involved can be arrested.”