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Children’s Day: Osodieme, Gombe gov, others seek more work from mothers

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WIFE of Governor of Anambra State and Founder of Caring Family Enhancement (CAFE) Initiative, Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano has called on mothers to rededicate themselves to better upbringing of their children and wards.

  Mrs. Obiano sent the call in a special message in commemoration of the 2020 Children’s Day celebration amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  This year’s edition is coming under the theme: Promoting Girl Child Education for Sustainable Development

  While noting that the theme is very apt and timely especially with the challenges posed by COVID-19 which requires sustained effort by all to overcome, Mrs. Obiano wished happy celebrations  to the children and urged them to be disciplined by obeying all  COVID-19 protocols including keeping social distance, regular handwashing, using hand sanitisers and wearing facemasks in public.

  Speaking through Deputy Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Emeka Ozumba who signed the release, the governor’s wife who is popularly known as Osodieme reminded mothers that their duty the growing ones is sacrosanct.

  “It is no longer news that the Coronavirus has drastically altered the way we live and more so the education of our children. From physical presence in class rooms to remote learning at home with new challenges requiring careful guidance of the children in how they learn and what they do.

 Mothers are now required to ensure that the children achieve good academic standards by adapting to the new teaching mode, keeping to timetables, doing assignments and achieving good grades as well as being ready when school resumes,” she said.

  According to Mrs. Obiano, mothers are uniquely positioned to help the children to achieve their full potentials despite the the challenges of distant learning. They have an obligation to bridge the gap between the children’s conventional physical presence in schools and the nuances of e-learning at home.

  She also called on children to have hope that life will continue beyond the pandemic.

  Similarly, as children across Nigeria join their world counterparts to celebrate Children’s Day, Gov. Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has called on parents, community leaders, teachers and all involved in children’s upbringing to take mentoring seriously and provide them with a good leadership example.

  The governor, in a statement to mark the day which was issued by his senior media aide, Ismaila Uba Misilli, described children as the hope and essence of the state and the nation.

  Also, Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has called on the children not to despair but be resilient and face the challenges of the future..

  According to him, the 2020 Children’s Day celebration is coming at a critical time in their lives when schools have been shut down due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus that has claimed many lives including those of the children.

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