On the 2016 Children’s Day celebration in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to the well-being of its children.

He assured Nigerians that it is top priority to his government to ensure that children are in good health.

He stated that an allocation of N12.6 billion was made in the 2016 budget for vaccines and programmes to prevent childhood killer diseases, such as polio, measles and yellow fever.

He said government would be spending N93.1 billion on school feeding programme in 2016 to encourage parents to send their children and wards to school.

“Other measures in the 2016 budget, such as the school feeding programme for children at a cost of N93.1 billion, will ensure that more children go to school and enjoy the fun of learning and growing together with their peers.

“I seize the opportunity of this year’s celebration, which comes just two days before the first anniversary of the present administration, to reassure our children and youth that we remain fully committed to fulfilling our promise of a better Nigeria for all of our people.

“On this happy occasion for our children, I reaffirm my belief that it is the right of every Nigerian child to have access to quality and affordable education, as well as healthcare and other basic necessities for a good life, in a peaceful and secure environment.

“The good health and well-being of Nigerian children remain top priorities on our agenda for national development and we have demonstrated our strong commitment in this regard with the allocation of N12.6 billion in the 2016 budget for vaccines and programme to prevent childhood killer diseases, such as polio, measles and yellow fever,” the president added.


Author: Ope Adedeji