May 27 is traditionally the
Children’s Day in Nigeria. Although the observation was first established by
the United Nations in 1964, the day remains important in the lives of many Nigerian
kids. This day is dedicated
to celebrate “childhood”, it is on this day that tribute is paid to all
children in Nigeria. Children are loved and appreciated by all. They win over our
hearts with their angelic eyes and innocent smiles.On this day every year, children
are granted a holiday and several social activities are centered on them. While
not taking learnings from their class on this day, most kids converge at
stadiums and centers to commemorate the event. It has also become the habit of
some government officials and media organizations to honor some children with
leadership opportunities. In some cases, example in
Lagos State, a child was allowed to seat as a governor for one day- May 27th.
In other instance like in certain radio and TV stations children are allowed to
feature as broadcasters or On Air Personalities (OAP) letting
them anchor their programs for the early part of the day. There is no doubt about the
fact that children make up a significant statistics in the population of Nigeria.
Information from UNICEF as at 2018 states that Over 7 million childbirths occur
in Nigeria annually. This shows how important they are in Nigeria’s national
statistics. For this, good parenting is a necessity. The Children day is a good
avenue for parents to also reflect on their parenting skills. This Children day, YAF with representative
form over 53 other CSOs in Akwa Ibom state is advocating for the AKYDF Bill. It
is a sure foot path that will foster a bright future for the present youth and
by extension the children that are put to birth daily. The Akwa Ibom Youth
Development Fund bill is just one avenue Youth Alive Foundation is showing
support for the young generation, the presence of Integrity Clubs that instill
Civic values for good citizenry is another facet of a clearly mapped vision for
children. It is in our belief that they will grow to become not just leaders of
tomorrow but Integrity minded individuals. We join voices to celebrate with the
over seven million of them.
Happy Children’s day.