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Rivers First Lady Seeks End To Child Labour, Trafficking

The wife of the Rivers State Governor, Valerie Siminalayi Fubara, has called on relevant government agencies to intensify measures to achieve a total crackdown on practices that promote child labour and trafficking

She also said that the most enduring legacy is an investment in children to harness their full potential for self-development and positive impact on the larger society.

Lady Fubara stated these while speaking at twin activities by the State Government to mark the 2024 Children’s Day celebrations in Port Harcourt, shortly after taking a salute during the official march past at the Sharks Football Club Stadium.

The Rivers First Lady called for the prioritisation of the development and well-being of children, noting that such investment transcends the individual and has ripple effects on the larger society.

She said, “Today when we’re gathered to celebrate Children’s Day, we are reminded of the invaluable treasure we hold in our hands, the promise of our future, embodied in their innocence, curiosity and boundless potentials of our children, the theme of this year’s celebration: ‘investing in the future means investing in our children’ underscores our responsibility towards generations to come.

“These responsibilities”, she pointed out, “involve nurturing, guiding and inspiring our children to be architects of a brighter future.”

She further explained that investing in children goes beyond the mere provision of basic needs of ensuring access to education and healthcare which are essential components but involves creating an enabling environment that fosters their holistic development, intellectually, socially, emotionally and ethically.

According to her, “Investment in our children is about instituting in them the values of compassion, empathy and responsibility for diversity, laying the foundation of a society built on inclusivity and understanding, instilling in them the skills of knowledge and understanding to navigate an ever-changing world.”

While speaking at the party organised for children in the State at Government House, Port Harcourt, with the theme: ‘For Every Child, Every Right’, the Rivers First Lady pointed to how inimical child labour and trafficking are hampering healthy growth and well-being of children, which therefore, should be tackled head-on.

She said: “It is apparent that more efforts still need to be made to continue tackling issues related to our children’s growth and well-being, especially in the area of child labour and trafficking, which are endemic in our society today.

“I call on relevant government agencies to step up the campaign against such evil practices and ensure the safety of our children as they remain the hope of our nation and the potential leaders of tomorrow.

“I urge parents not to be unduly pressured, either by the temporary economic challenges or by societal influences, to engage in such inhuman practice of child labour or trafficking. It is not only an evil against humanity, but also a sin against God,” she said.

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