By Stanley Onyekwere
As Nigerian children yesterday joined their counterparts across the globe to mark this year’s Children’s Day, parents are advised to promote, encourage and motivate their children to learn and do things in a positive manner.
The Chairman of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Abdullahi Adamu Candido, who gave the advice described parents as the first teachers of children should be the main vanguard as far as the growth of children is concerned.
Candido, who spoke during the Children’s Day celebration in the council, said he was ready to do all within his powers to ensure that children grow to be leaders of tomorrow.
While reiterating that children are leaders of tomorrow, hence the need for them to be given wise counsel today, he said his administration would do more in the education sector to ensure that children get to their desired heights.
“We intend to do more for education, our desire on daily basis is what do we do to impact on these future leaders. For me, it’s nothing but service to the people, and that’s what I want to be seen doing, between now till the end of the tenure.
“They must ensure that they promote, encourage and motivate their children, so that everything that it takes to get the children on the right path, let be taken by them , so these children can be seen in a more positive manner.
“Celebrating our children means a lot to us in government, therefore whatever it’s that we do to ensure that these children grow in a healthy manner to be strong so as to enable them to take over the reins of power tomorrow.
“This means that everything that must be done must actually be seen to be done, so that the children can grow in the manner we want them to be,” Candido said.
He said the Government is working hard to ensure put an end to menace of drugs addiction especially among youth.
Over 1,772 pupils and students drawn from public and private schools in the council participated in the celebration held at the LEA Idu-Koro, Abuja.