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Children’s Day: Aregbesola Prays For Chibok Girls

Posted: May 28, 2015 at 7:41 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Wednesday specially offered prayers to God to give deliverance to the 219 Chibok school girls held captive by Boko Haram insurgents.

Speaking at this year’s children’s day celebration with the theme: “Violence against children: Addressing the challenges,” held at Osogbo Township Stadium, supplicated for the return of the kidnapped students and succour to the family of the girls. He noted that it is regrettable that violence against children has increased globally and that children are easy targets of kidnap-for-ransom.

Aregbesola who was represented at the event by his Deputy, Mrs. Grace Titi Laoye Tomori, stated that the nation is still distraught by the tragedy of the 219 Chibok girls kidnapped by terrorists in their school hostel, which the government is still groping to find solution.

He said, “We are asking parents and the law enforcement agencies to provide greater protection for children against physical abuse, rape and torture.  We also ask our teachers and schools to stamp out bullying. Our schools should not become a Darwinian social experiment where the strong predatorily consume the weak”.

The governor added that Osun children are top most in his administration’s pursuit and policies. He affirmed that his administration recognised that education is the most important need of children, hence the greatest exertions and spending of government on education.

Aregbesola pointed out that Osun under his watch, the administration has built so many state of the art schools, recruitment of teachers and provision of educational and teaching materials among others for the development of education in the state.

He added that the e-learning tablet ‘Opon Imo’ introduced by his administration is the first of its kind in the world and has become the envy of the world. According to him, “We have also recognised that a child must have the physical, mental and emotional requirements for leaning, for school to be of any value to him or her.