By Adekola Afolabi
As Ondo State joined others world over to celebrate year 2020 Children’s Day, the State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has said his administration would continue to strive to provide quality education and health care services for children in the state.
The governor in his speech to mark this year’s Children’s Day, also used the occasion to appeal to parents and guardians in the state to take advantage of the educational broadcast on the state-owned radio and television stations to keep their children busy at this critical period of COVID 19.
He particularly congratulated all the children in the state for the celebration and prayed that they would all survive and overcome the COVID-19 pandemic which has prevented government to celebrate the day with the children in grand style.
While emphasising that his government was committed to the course of the children, adding that every child in the state must enjoy equal rights, safety, quality education and good health.
Speaking on the theme for this year’s Children’s Day Celebration, “Promoting Girl Child Education for Sustainable Development”, the governor assured that government would continue to strive to provide quality education to all our children and ensure that they enjoy good health care service
“We rejoice with you all on this year’s Children’s Day Celebration despite the global pandemic. We wish you well and pray that you grow to become responsible citizens of this great country.
“We will not relent in empowering their young minds and will continue to nurture and love them to achieve their full potential. In order to curtail the spread of COVID-19, we have shut down all our schools since the first case was discovered in Ondo State.
“Alternatively, our government has made provision for the e-learning platforms on all our State-owned radio/TV stations as a way of ensuring that the students continue to learn while at home. I urge all parents and guardians to encourage the students to take advantage of these platforms.
“Rest assured that our administration will do all within its power to promote the education of the girl child and indeed all Ondo State children, irrespective of gender. We have a duty to pay adequate attention to both genders as far as education is concerned knowing fully well that it is the bedrock of sustainable development”, he said.
Governor Akeredolu equally charged the children to observe all protocols for COVID-19 prevention including social and physical distancing, regular hand washing, use of hand sanitisers, and nose masks.