The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Council congratulates children as they celebrate the 2021 Children’s Day.
According to the statement signed by the Chairman of the Council, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu:
“We are indeed happy with our children knowing that every May 27 brings memories that stick for a longer time, thereby creating room for mental remembrance. It is our prayer that the international reason to mark a day for our children find expressions of positivity in their lives”.
“It is on this note that we charge parents to give them the requisite love and treat that will remain indelible in their memories”.
Comrade Ikeogwu noted that it is unfortunate that most parents these days have abdicated their duties to their children and the outcome has not been palatable in terms of the quality of youths in the society today, reminiscing that “gone are the days when respect and moral uprightness of children was something to cherish”.
He also opined that:
“As a result of the failures of parenthood, our culture and values have been debased, leaving moral decadence and juvenile delinquency to take the centre stage in the life of our children. These days, children no longer have need for education; instead, they want to get rich quick. This syndrome has assisted the increase in Yahoo Yahoo mindset and all manner of crimes in our society.
“The government has not also helped issues. There has been the bane of honest, focused and capable leadership, which ordinarily should have created regenerational policies that are supposed to sustain children’s positive development and moral upstanding.
“We are of the opinion that if parents and government can go back to the basics to create the enabling environment for the development of children, more would be achieved in sustaining a saner society”.
He advised parents to teach their children love, hard work and diligence; while the government should provide quality education, teach nationalism and provide employment for the teeming youths.
Continuing, Ikeogwu said, “the children must understand that only hard work can take them higher in life. If you cannot afford to go to school, please learn a trade in your own interest and future security”.
He therefore urged parents to reevaluate and reintroduce those trainings of old that made children outstanding in soundness of morals, respect and duty.