Nonye Soludo, wife of the Anambra State governor, Chukwuma Soludo, prepared lunch for children at the orphanage as part of activities to mark Children’s Day.
Nonye prepared sumptuous lunch for the children at Community Children’s Home, Ifite, Awka, on Sunday to their delight.
The governor’s wife used the occasion to urge parents to prioritise the welfare of their children, noting that the fortune of every society is dictated by the manner children are raised.
Speaking on recent cases of child abuse, she said that the state has declared a state of emergency on parents that abuse their wards, adding that efforts have been put in top gear to arrest and prosecute anybody involved in the abuse of a minor.
According to her, the state’s zero tolerance for child abuse is epitomised by the recent drive by the state government in partnership with relevant agencies to rid the state of child hawkers and beggars. She added that it was part of efforts to put a stop to child labour and ensure the well-being of children.
Mrs Soludo who is renowned for healthy living said that the drive against child labour is part of efforts to equally meant to address the number of out-of-school children.
She said the state hopes to serve as a model for other states of the federation in reducing the number of out-of-school children by tackling the menace of child labour by picking up children seen hawking on the street and arresting their parents.
She stressed that children are the foundation upon which a Prosperous and Livable Anambra can be achieved.
Also speaking, the coordinator of the orphanage, Ms Precious Asiegbunam lauded the first lady for the kind gesture and noted that more of such is needed to ensure that the children in the orphanage numbering sixty nine are well taken care of.
She acknowledged that the first lady and the ministry of women affairs have been instrumental in the daily running of the orphanage.
Speaking on areas where improvements can be made, she asked for the upgrade of their dining hall which said can be improved to better serve the children.
She also solicited more staff which according to her stands at twenty one, noting that more staff members could transmit to better care for the kids in the orphanage.
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