Parents Forum in Education District I, Lagos State, on Thursday, commended the state government for its massive investment in the provision of quality education for children in the state.
The forum gave the commendation at the 2019 World Parents Day programme organised by the district, which comprises public schools in Agege, Alimosho and Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Areas, at Agege Stadium.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria at the event, Prince Adeyemi Ogunsanlu, Chairman Parents Forum, Education District I, who expressed happiness over the maiden celebration of the day in the district, lauded the state government for raising the standard of education.
Ogunsanlu, who doubles as Chairman, Parents Forum, Agege LGA, said: “Government has tried to say the truth, but we want parents forums to be more involved in policies and decision making.
“We want the government to put in more efforts for our children. We are happy about this day.”
Mr Josiah Ogundimu, Chairman, Parents Forum, Alimosho LGA said: “Government is trying, but we want them to continue, especially by building of more schools. Parents also must put their children in schools.
Also speaking, Mr Ganiyu Akanbi, Chairman, Parents Forum, Ifako-Ijaiye LGA, who added that they were celebrating parents’ contributions to educational development in the state, said that the government had invested massively in education.
Akanbi, Vice Chairman, Lagos State Parents Forum, said: “The Lagos state government is trying, really trying, considering the metropolitan nature of the state. Many schools are involved here.
“However, we need real participation of parents in policy making because we know where the shoes pinches us.
“Parents who send children to private schools should join us. Lagos public schools are the best, ” he said.
On his part, Pastor Kayode Jesudele, Chairman, Parents Forum, Meran Community Senior School, said: “Lagos state government has tried enough.
“But more can still be done in the areas of classrooms, staff and furniture. However, we have to join hands together to move Lagos public schools forward.
Mr Ola Oresanya, the General Manager, Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA), who spoke on “21st Century Parental Care: Ensuring Greater Lagos Through Clean Sanitation”, harped on waste management in schools and homes.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Oresanya was represented by Mrs Mojisola Adeleye, Head of Marketing and School Waste, LAWMA.
Oresanya urged parents to show concern for their children’s drinking water, as well as adequate treatment and disposal of human wastes and sewage.
He tasked parents on maintenance of hygienic conditions and clean environment, through proper garbage collection as well as excreta and waste water disposal, to forestall transmission of diseases.
Speaking on; “Child Protection Against Abuse”, Mrs Modupe Adebanbo, Head of Child Protection, Ministry of Youths and Social Development, urged parents to avoid physical, emotional and sexual abuse of their children.
Also delivering a speech on “Parenting, Safety and Security”, CSP Yinka Egbeyemi, the Chairman, Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences, said that broken homes and lack of proper parenting had impacted negatively on the society.
Egbeyemi, who decried the rate of cultism in schools, said lack of endurance among couples which occasioned many broken homes, had exposed so many children to danger.
He identified poor parenting, lack of self-confidence, greed, curiosity and ignorance, as reasons why most children get involved in cultism and other illegal activities.
The task force boss urged parents to give birth to the number of children they could care for, and monitor them well.
The Chairman of the Day, Chief Safari Adaranijo, said that parents had a lot to do in the training of their children and moral upbringing, urging them to always ask their children questions and correct them.
Adaranijo, the erstwhile Chairman, Agege LG, was given an award of “Pillar of Parents Forum” by the district, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to education and parents forum.
Ayandele said that more was still being expected from parents in instilling moral values in children, but lauded them for their commitment to their children’s advancement.
She said that government had been doing its best to provide enabling environment for schools, urging parents to cooperate more with them.
Ayandele said that the district had won several laurels and the most recent was that the district produced the best candidate at the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
Highlights of the events include march past by parents from Alimosho, Agege and Ifako-Ijaiye.
Other events included a football match by combined team of Agege and Ifako-Ijaiye versus Alimosho I and II, gele (headgear) tying competition and dancing competition.