The Clerk, ECOWAS Female Parliamentarians Association, Mrs. Blessing Samuel-Atiri says that Economic Community of West African States has established a regional partnership to address the phenomenon of street children in the sub region.
She made this known on Street Children, a Radio Nigeria, network programme.
Mrs. Samuel-Atiri who also relayed her experience on the streets as a child, said the regional partnership would include civil society organizations, religious and traditional rulers across the region to squarely identify the core issues and create awareness on the plights of street children.
“There is regional partnership, we are partnering with Civil Society network, International Organizations, the traditional rulers and equally the street children to give a voice and to create awareness on this issue. We are talking about the insurgency in the country, the sub region, and street children is the breeding ground for all of these.” She said.
The Clerk, ECOWAS Female Parliamentarians Association, further called for the need to imbibe the technical aspect of the educational system in the region to meet the current demand for creativity and innovation.
Another guest on the programme and the chief Security Officer, Ecowas Parliament Mr. Kamba Aliyu who shared his experience as a street child with the quest for education advised government to make everything related to education and intensify sensitization on the importance of education.
“There are some families that are still seeing this education to be forbidden. Had it been during my time it was not made free, what would have become of me. If had met someone that gave me a little thing just to brainwash me, I would have gone astray. So, unless the government goes back to make everything available and make education conducive for every child, we will continue to have what is in the north” he said.
Some Nigerians who called into the programmes advocated the government and civil society Organizations collaborate to take children of the street and provide social welfare services.