By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Director, Development Aid Coordination, Planning and Budget Commission in Kaduna State, Phoebe Yayi, has said the Mallam Nasir El-Rufai led administration is making the state great not only for the present but also for the future generations to come.
She made the assertion at the celebration of the Day of African Child held in Kaduna on Thursday, July 5, 2018.
Speaking on the theme of this year’s celebration, ‘No child should be left behind in development’ Mrs Yayi said El-Rufai’s government has ensure that his development programs targets the young generation who are the future leaders.
Yayi explained that the free education from primary school to Junior Secondary School 3 (JSS), and school feeding programs are some of the programs put in place so that Kaduna state children are carried along.
She however said, in as much as government has a duty to carry all children along, the children also have responsibility on their part which includes; willingness to read and work hard in their studies, not to join bad groups and to report any threats to their lives and persons to the government.
Earlier, the Chief Executive officer Carelink Resource Foundation, Mr Silas Idaye, said the foundation decided to organize poetry, essay and drama competitions among government schools in the state to commemorate the 2018 Day of The African Child.
Going down history lane, he said in 1976 in Soweto, South Africa some students were massacred because they demanded for their rights. So, the Organization of African Unity, (OAU), set out a date known as Day of African Child to always show that every African child is carried along.
Idaye called on parents to ensure that they properly play their roles by monitoring their children so that they grow into the pride of Africa and not those that bring shame to the continent.
In the poetry competition, Government Secondary School (GSS) Television came 1st, Capital School 2nd and Government Secondary School, Doka (Boys) came 3rd. While in the essay writing competition, Patient James of GSS, Maraban Rido came 1st; Ummahami Sani GSS, Anguwan Sarki came 2ndwhile Blessing Udaga picked the 3rd position.
The students received various gifts courtesy of Micromanna Computers, a major sponsor of the event.