By Dayo Adesulu
GOVERNMENT has been urged to put in place an enabling law and policy statement which will guarantee students quality education, food and health care irrespective of parents financial status.
The Chairman, Intel Group of Schools, Oworoshoki, Mr Okereke Godwin who stated this during the school’s bi annual inter house sports held at UNILAG sport complex said: “We need an enabling law and policy statement to achieve this.”
He lamented that in Africa and Nigeria in particular, policies have never been directed towards making children better . “Our policies have always been focused on adults especially males,” he stated.
The educationist who frowned at the exclusion of children and women from national budget, challenged the government to state the percentage of the budget directed to children and women.
He said: “Let us borrow a leaf from the western world such as the USA, UK and European countries. They protect the children, women and provide basic education and quality health care free of charge.”
He said that we can stop corruption, armed robbery and other social vices in our society if we take proper care of our children’s education.
“Give them free education, free health care, pay minimum basic allowance to all children annually once the child is less than 18 years,” he said.
According to him, if the government makes this investment in the early years of the Nigerian child, the child will grow and work for the progress of the country. He explained that if any country gives it citizenry the basic care, the children will have no reason to accumulate wealth which should be used to better the lots of others.
Okereke who spoke on “Give our Children their Pride of Place posited that we can have a society where equity, trust, love and peace abound, if the above mentioned citizens needs are met.