Lagos State Deputy Governor Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire has warned parents and guardians against denying their children and wards education.
She said errant parents and guardians, when caught, would be prosecuted.
Orelope-Adefulire spoke during the inauguration of the 4th Lagos State Children’s Parliament organised by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation in Lagos on Thursday.
She urged the ‘parliamentarians’ to propagate child rights in their communities.
She said, “If you are in a community and you see a family denying his or her child education, do not hesitate to call us. Every child in Lagos must go to school. If any parent denies his or her child education, the parent must be prosecuted.
“It is only when you educate your children that you can take him out of poverty, hunger and crime.”
The deputy governor commended the newly-elected parliamentarians on their victory.
Orelope-Adefulire urged them to perform well as the representatives, voice and role models for other children in the state.Orelope-Adefulire said, “We equally believe that the children’s parliament will continue to encourage advocacy and sensitisation of stakeholders to violence and all forms of abuse against the child.
“As we inaugurate the new set of parliamentarians today, I want to urge you to be focused and be prepared for the tasks ahead.
“As individuals and as a corporate body, ensure you truly become advocates of the Child Rights Law of Lagos State and other conventions and protocols on Rights of the Child.”
She said the government, through a proactive policy, would continue to give adequate attention to the needs of the future leaders.
Permanent Secretary, WAPA, Riskat Akiode, said the children’s parliamentarians were reaffirmation of the government’s determination towards capacity building and reorientation.
She said since the inception of the programme in 2005, the children’s representatives had continued to live up to their responsibilities by correcting the ills of their various communities in the state.