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Security agencies have been directed to improve efforts at protecting children from danger and violence in line with the 2003 Child Rights Acts, of the 1999 Constitution.
The directive was contained in President Mohammadu Buhari's presidential address delivered by Governor Willie Obaino at the 2018 Children's Day Celebration at Dr Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka.
The theme for this year's children's day celebration is "creating safe spaces for our children, our collective responsibility".
The State Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke delivered the presidential speech on behalf of the Governor, in which President Buhari reassured that the present administration is highly committed to the protection of children, saying that the celebration affords the opportunity to reflect on the collective roles and responsibilities of parents and leaders towards the children, as well as assess how far they have fared.
Citing the home grown school feeding program, across the country, he emphasized that the present administration has lived up to one of its cardinal objectives of provision of quality education to children, describing it as a fundamental foundation for economic and social development.
While calling on stakeholders to support the home grown school feeding program to ensure that the thirty six states and capital are covered, due to its many benefits, President Buhari highlighted other issues being addressed as it concerns the children including child protection, participation and survival, among others.
The Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Mrs Ndidi Mezue who said that the celebration is important to redirect the attention of policy makers towards the affairs of children, saying that this years theme is apt as it is in line with Child's Right Act.
The Speaker of the State's Children Parliament, Miss Faustina Okoye, read out the resolution of Anambra children to include, accessibility of justice as a child, rehabilitation of correction centres among others.
Among dignitaries that graced the occasion were the Speaker of the State House Assembly, Barrister Rita Maduagwu, Secretary to the State government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, Traditional Rulers, Teachers, Parents and guardians.

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