The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, said his government will maintain investment in the education sector to ensure a brighter future for children in the state.
Obaseki, in a statement to commemorate this year’s Children’s Day, released by his special adviser on media projects, Crusoe Osagie, and made available to The punch on Thursday pledged to improve the well-being of Edo’s children, ensuring they would have the environment, skills and opportunities needed to reach their full potential.
He said: “Today we celebrate those who laid bare our hope for a better future, our children. We reaffirm our administration’s commitment to the protection and well-being of these children, giving them a voice and providing them with the environment, skills and opportunities to realize their dreams and live their lives to the fullest.
“As a government, we understand the important role that education plays in achieving a child’s overall development and we will continue to invest heavily in education, improving our school infrastructure and passing on to our children the knowledge needed to compete in a 21st century technology driven environment.
The governor, who assured that the reforms and policies implemented in the state’s basic education sector would encourage parents to send their children to school, added that “the state government of Edo, through the Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation Program (Edo-BEST), improves learning outcomes and provides a strong opportunity for children to receive quality basic education.
Obaseki said his government has strengthened state institutions to enforce the Child Rights Act, to ensure that children are protected from abuse, especially child labor.
He added, “The state government is now taking legal action against parents and guardians of out-of-school children as part of measures to remove all children from the streets and improve access to education. We have also enacted the Violence Against Persons Act (VAP) to protect children from all forms of abuse, including the use of children for cheap labour, thereby depriving them of the opportunity to realize their future aspirations. »
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