By John Onos
The Governor of Delta State, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, has called on all stakeholders in the state, including care givers to join hands with government to wage war against drug abuse among children through awareness creation on its danger, especially among the children so as to have a better tomorrow.
The Governor who was represented by his deputy, Deacon (Barr.) Burutu Otuaro at the Cenotaph, Asaba, venue of the 2019 National children’s day celebration, explained that the theme for this year’s celebration: ‘Drug Abuse Among Children’, is most apt for our time and season, stressing that drug abuse has become a national malaise afflicting youths across the country since children are growing up today in a frightening global environment of moral turpitude, dysfunctional families, breakdown of social values and corrupting influence of the media.
The Governor maintained that childhood is the most important period in the life of an individual especially since it is the period that the foundation is laid and on which the rest of one’s life is later built.
Governor Okowa added: “Those who are fortunate to have a good foundation spiritually, morally, and educationally are very likely to do better in life than those who do not.”
He stressed further that parents should bear in mind that “we are accountable to God on how we discharge our obligations towards the children, knowing very well that our future as a state and nation will be defined by the quality of today’s children. We should collectively help every child to realise his or her God-given potentials.”
To the children, he called on them to say no to drugs and substance abuse.
He also appealed to parents and guardians to strive and give the best of education to their children and wards for them to be relevant and competitive, adding that parents should also morally fortify their children and protect them from the wave of dubious moral relativism sweeping across the globe .
The Governor also advised that parents should teach their children the difference between “good and evil and “right and wrong”, remarking that it is inappropriate to leave the upbringing of children in the hands of teachers as children’s freest times occur when they are at home.”
He urged teachers to show greater responsibility towards the children put under their care and that they should avoid leaving the children to go hawking goods and services during school hours
Continuing, Governor Okowa advised strongly that “our children must also be taught the virtues of hard work, civic obligation, respect for elders, self-reliance, generosity, tolerance and good neighbourliness.
Furthermore, he stressed that negative values like dependency, parasitism and begging should be frowned at and discouraged among children, saying that good moral upbringing is the building block of the foundation for a successful and responsible adulthood.
Governor Okowa revealed that on their part as government, they will continue to provide the best education through quality schools, teaching aids and materials. Speaking further, he promised to provide social welfare and the right environment for children and teachers to thrive.
“We will continue to do more irrespective of financial constraints because of our firm belief that education is the greatest legacy to leave behind and our children are the glorious future we envisage,” he said.
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