Yesterday, on behalf of the State Government, I had the privilege to inaugurate the 8TH SESSION OF ANAMBRA STATE CHILDREN’S PARLIAMENT at Prof. Dora Akunyili Development Center, Awka.
The constitution and inauguration of the 8th Session of Anambra Children’s Parliament is pursuant to Section 8 & 14 of the Anambra State Child’s Rights Law, 2004. The Children Parliament is a platform to expose the rudiments of governance and leadership mainly in the area of lawmaking to young people. It targeted at preparing children for future leadership tasks, improve their public speaking skills through their debates during their plenary.
Inaugurating the 8th Session of the Parliament, I congratulated the executive members of the parliament for their victory in which different schools in the twenty-one Local Government Areas in Anambra participated. This clearly shows that our young people are gradually embracing and getting in touch with democratic process which is vital to ensure good governance.
I charged members of the Parliament to strive to be the mouthpiece of other Children who they represent through strong advocacy especially geared towards the implementation of Child’s Right Law 2004. I emphasized that the implementation of the law will help in the growth, protection, education, development of Children in the state.
To ensure their performance, I advised them to respect the rules and procedure of the parliament and not allow external forces to determine the activities of the House.
While commending the immediate past Speaker, Rt. Hon. Faustina Mary Okoye for her sterling performance in repositioning the parliament, I charged the new Speaker, Rt. Hon. Isreal Udekwe to build a Parliament that will allow children the opportunity to voice their ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
During the inauguration, I also presented the certificates to the Male Ambassador of Anambra Children at the Nigerian Children Parliament, Hon. Amb. Orji Collins and Female Ambassador, Hon. Amb. Godfrey Oluchukwu.
Hon. Nonso Smart Okafor,
Nnewi North Constituency,
Anambra State House of Assembly.