The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) says that every child in the country deserved to get better of education.
The Director General (DG) of the Agency, Mrs Fatima Waziri-Azi, made the remarks on Friday during activities to commemorate the 2023 Children’s Day celebration in Abakaliki.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the day is celebrated every May 27 annually, to improve on children’s welfare.
The theme for the celebration is “Investing in our future means investing in our children”.
Waziri-Azi, who was represented by Mrs Bertha Offor, the Head, NAPTIP, Ebonyi Liason Office, maintained that education was the right of every children and the responsibility of parents and government to provide .
The Director General stated that the event was to create the needed awareness on children on issues of human trafficking and violence against persons.
She added that the purpose was to expose and enlightened children on the agency’s mandate and activities in the state.
“You are our better tomorrow. It is the responsibility of parents and government to provide quality education for children in the urban and rural areas.
The Attorney General, Ministry of Justice in the state, Mr Cletus Ofoke, commended the agency for the enlightenment to enrich children’s knowledge against trafficking.
Ofoke, representated by Mrs Faithvin Nwanchor, Coordinator, Gender-Based Violence Taskforce in the state, said that the event would expose children more on their rights.
“As we mark the children’s day celebration with you, we want to enlighten you more on your rights.
“We also want you to learn and identify the ills perpetrators commit against children,” Ofoke said.
The DG, National Human Rights Commission, Mr Anthony Ojukwu, said the celebration was also a way to brighten up children and expand their knowledge as well.
Ojukwu, represented by Mr Ejimnkeonye Oduenyi, Assistant Chief Legal Officer of the commission, said it was an opportunity to highlight any plights young Nigerians face.
Declan Nwaji and Matter Abah, students from Government Technical College and Presco Secondary Schools, promised to instill same on fellow students and peer groups to forestall possible attacks on children.
Th Agency reports that the event featured pupils and students from primary and secondary schools in the state.