By Oluwatoyin Adegoke

The 5th Ogun State Children’s Parliament has been inaugurated with a resolve by stakeholders to work together in promoting, sustaining and preserving the rights of children. 

Speakers at the event, held at the Obas’ Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, expressed optimism that the Parliament would serve as a voice for children to showcase their ideas and contribute meaningfully to the society.

In a message to the occasion, Governor Dapo Abiodun renewed the government’s commitment to enhancing the participatory rights of the children as outlined in the Child Rights Act Law 2003 and Ogun State Children’s Law 2006, providing them with a sense of belonging, recognition and opportunity to voice their opinion and contribute to matters affecting them.

Represented by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Ms Adijat Adeleye, Governor Abiodun encouraged the children to make judicious use of the platform to add value to the state. 

In a remark, the Head of Service, Mr. Kehinde Onasanya encouraged the young parliamentarians to rise to the challenge of becoming responsible members of the Parliament and good role models, while contributing meaningfully to the development of Ogun state.

Addressing the gathering, the Speaker of the Parliament, representing Ifo local government area of the state, Ezekiel Favour who promised the members readiness to work also appealed to the government to ensure the implementation of relevant resolutions to strengthen the Child Rights Law.

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