The need for the government to come up with workable policies to better the lots of children without parental care and those who had lost their parents was the focus of a two day Media Engagement and Capacity Building Workshop put together by the SOS Children’s Villages.
Staff reporter, Oladoyin Oloruntola who attended the two day event on Thursday and this Friday in Lagos informed that participants drawn from Media houses across the country and the organisers were of a consensus that children are the most important unit of every society therefore an urgent need for authorities to do the needful in upholding family values.
Briefing participants about the objectives of the Media Engagement and Capacity Building Workshop,the National Director SOS Children’s Villages, Mr Eghosa Erhunwunse noted that social vices,insecurity,emotional disorders and negative mental health in Children are offshoot of lack of parental care.
Represented by the Regional Manager, South,Mr Ayodeji Adelopo, the National Director said that the time has come to raise awareness on the plight of Children without parents with a view to putting in place, support mechanisms to make life worth living for them.
According to the SOS Children’s Villages National Boss ,every child irrespective of socio-economic backgrounds should be provided with accepted Standard of living in accordance with the best world practice.
And with thousands of children without parents in the country, the Head of Advocacy and Communication, SOS Children’s Villages-Nigeria Mr Chinweuba Ezeigwe informed that the organisation focuses on alternative care for children without parents, provides family strengthening Advocacy, Youth Development and family like homes.
Founded , in 1949 in Austria by Herman Gmeiner after the second World War, Mr Ezeigwe said that the SOS Children’s Villages-Nigeria now operate in various capacities in Ogun,Oyo,Lagos,Edo, Kaduna,Plateau and Abuja adding that over 16,000 families have already benefitted from it just as he informed that the organisation became active in Nigeria in the early 1970s
Reiterating that every child is unique and needs suitable parents, he said the time has come for Nigerians especially the government and stakeholders in child- care to focus on how alternative care service is being provided for children without parents.
The SOS Children’s Villages-Nigeria Head of Advocacy and Communication was also of the opinion that a child with a better option will not be a beggar noting that motives must be right before alternative care homes are established while protection as well as the rights of every child must be guaranteed.
To wrap up the 2 day Media Engagement and Capacity Building Workshop, participants visited SOS Village,Lagos which is undergoing renovation and facility upgrade.