Tuesday, 3 November 2015

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Mrs Buhari Calls For Establishment Of Children’s Parliament
 
The wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, has called on governors of all states to establish children’s parliament that would prepare them as future leaders.

PM News reports that Mrs Buhari made the call on Monday, November 2, in Abuja at the inauguration of the 4th Assembly of FCT Children Parliament. She was represented at the event by Alayingi Sylva, the wife of the ex-governor of Bayelsa state, Timipre Sylva.

According to Mrs Buhari, the establishment of children’s parliament is necessary because it would provide a platform for the children to participate in national development and give a voice to the youths.

Congratulating the executive members of FCT children’s parliament with their victory at the April elections, she said:

“This is a clear demonstration that our children have embraced the path to democracy which inevitably has been a course for governance.

“No doubt, your political consciousness will be raised and eventually offer you the opportunity of being valued members of our society and future leaders of this great country.

“I appeal to you to respect the rule and process of operating children’s parliament through which you can realise your dream.”

In his speech, John Chukwu, the permanent secretary of FCT administration, said that the aim of the parliament was to provide children with a forum to participate in affairs affecting their country. He described the parliament as training ground for future political leaders.

The permanent secretary, who was represented at the occasion by Mallam Salisu Kallamu, the director of Administration and Finance in the FCT, noted that the parliament came into existence in Nigeria with the passage of the Child Rights Act 2003.

A few days ago, Mrs Buhari promised to advocate publicly for legislation against child marriage. She also stressed that parents should give their female children a chance to acquire formal education.