By Folakemi Olatunji, Osogbo
The Osun State First Lady, Mrs Kafayat Oyetola has called upon parents and teachers to help schoolchildren develop into responsible future citizens of the country
Mrs Oyetola made the call while addressing mammoth crowd at the 2019 end of year children’s party held at the government grounds Osogbo, on Wednesday.
The wife of the Governor said that proper care should be taken in bringing up the children who would bring name and fame for the state, urging the parents and teachers to train children to be leaders of positive development and changes that will propel the greatness of our race.
Mrs Oyetola said: “I urge our parents and teachers to always make the issue of care and training of children topmost priority. We should train our children to grow up to be great leaders in all aspects of societal development.
“We have all the necessary resources, which God has thankfully given us, to make us great again. All we need right now is the mindset to go back to the path of greatness. Let us start from our state. We are noble people, known for our creativity and sound values.
I plead with our parents to let us rekindle this”.
Urging the children to be dedicated and committed to their education in order to make this desire a reality, Mrs Oyetola also charged them to shun every form of criminal activity and harmful behavior capable of tarnishing the image of their parents.
However, Osun first lady used the occasion to educate the nursing mothers on the benefits attach to exclusive breastfeeding of their newborn for six months just as she appealed to the residents of the state to desist from defecating in the open place.
“You are aware that for months now, I have started campaigns on some issues. These campaigns focus on exclusive breastfeeding of our newborn for six months and stopping of open defecation. They are twin issues which importance to our greatness cannot be underplayed.
” I therefore urge our parents to let these messages resonate in our homes. Breast feeding our newborns exclusively for six months is full of benefits that guarantee good living. It saves us and the children from various diseases and problems.
“The same goes for stopping open defecation. This is a behavior that constitutes major risks to us and our children. Access to sanitation is a human right issue, which advocacy we intend to increase in the coming year. We want every household, every public place to have decent and safe toilets across our state. This is a task on which we shall enlist all stakeholders. The benefits are just too numerous if we stop open defecation and use toilet.
Speaking on the significance of the programme, Mrs Oyetola said that the present administration since its inception had never taken anything that has to do with the development of children with levity hand.
She therefore appreciated the organisers of the programme , saying the programme is as a matter of fact aimed at fostering a sense of belonging and civic responsibility in their children.
Earlier in her remarks, the Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Affairs Bar (Mrs) Olubukola Olaboopo enjoined parents to get more involved in educating their kids
Olaboopo said parents should be educated about the significance of their role and how to play it
Many prominent figures attended the forum, including, the market men and women, traditional rulers, students, teachers and parents among other.
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