President Muhammadu Buhari has re-affirmed his commitment to the well-being of Nigeria’s children in a message marking this year’s Children’s Day Celebration.
President Buhari used the ocassion to remind them of their fundamental rights to quality and affordable education, good health and other basic necessities of life.
The President, therefore, assured that good health and well-being of Nigerian children remained top priorities on his agenda.
President Buhari Assures Of Quality Education on Children’s Day
President Buhari also promised to provide better living conditions and greater access to quality healthcare and education for the youth.
He gave the assurance in his message to the children on the occasion of 2016 Children’s Day celebration.
Buhari stated that an allocation of N12.6 billion had been made in the 2016 budget for vaccines and programmes to prevent childhood killer diseases, such as polio, measles and yellow fever.
He also stated that the school feeding programme articulated in the budget for children which, he said, would cost N93.1 billion, would ensure that more children went to school.
The President in his message said:
“I seize the opportunity of this year’s celebration, which comes just two days before the first anniversary of the present administration, to reassure our children and youth that we remain fully committed to fulfilling our promise of a better Nigeria for all of our people.
“On this happy occasion for our children, I reaffirm my belief that it is the right of every Nigerian child to have access to quality and affordable education, as well as healthcare and other basic necessities for a good life, in a peaceful and secure environment.
“The good health and well-being of Nigerian children remain top priorities on our agenda for national development and we have demonstrated our strong commitment in this regard with the allocation of N12.6 billion in the 2016 budget for vaccines and programmes to prevent childhood killer diseases, such as polio, measles and yellow fever.
“Other measures in the 2016 budget, such as the school feeding programme for children at a cost of N93.1 billion, will ensure that more children go to school and enjoy the fun of learning and growing together with their peers.
“Despite the current economic and funding challenges facing our dear nation, my administration will continue to do all within its powers to achieve better living conditions and greater access to quality healthcare and education for all our youth.
The President expressed delight over the release of one of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls, Amina Ali, who would now be privileged to join in the Children’s Day celebrations.
He also vowed not to rest on his oars until Boko Haram was completely defeated.