By Richard Akintade, Osogbo
The Osun state Governor wife, Mrs Kafayat Oyetola, on Saturday, called on parents and guardians to observe COVID-19 safety protocols and be conscious of children’s activities during the Christmas period.
The first lady made the call during the 2020 end of the year Children’s Party organised by her office in conjunction with the state Ministry of Women, Children and Social Affairs.
According to Mrs Oyetola, “With resurgence of cases of Covid-19 across the country, the people cannot afford to be relax with safety protocols and, while hosting our children at this gathering has been a tradition for years prior to now that this ceremony had always been hosted without fear and anxiety.
“However the kind of challenge that marked this year since late 2019 has called for much caution and restructuring of every form of gathering. We thought we had finally gone the corner with it but information reaching us indicate that there is a resurgence of cases across the country.”
Apart from the safety protocols, Mrs Oyetola averred that the challenge of the moment demands that that people show more love to one another.
She said “This is the season of love. The COVID-19 pandemic has also further underscored this. Therefore, let the tempo of of love for one another be increased at this period.
“I thank our mothers for the extra-ordinary job you have been doing in ensuring the safety and welfare of the children. The job has been made more hectic with the lockdown that attended the first wave of the pandemic. The challenges may be very daunting but they certainly underscore the great role of parenting.”
In her welcome address, the state Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Affairs, Mrs Bukola Olaboopo said the State government had zero tolerance for violence and was totally committed to ensure gender based violence, rape and other social vices are eradicated in the state.
Olaboopo said the Oyetola’s led government prioritise welfare, health, education, security, and development of children by including them in all developmental agenda.
“This event was introduced some years back and it aims at fostering a sense of belonging and civic responsibility in our children, it has over the years become a source of inspiration for our children.
“The occasion also creates an avenue for children to interact with leaders in governance to enable them have focus and determine to become better than us in the future,” the Commissioner said.
Some of the children expressed gratitude to the wife of the governor for organizing the event which they said had positive impacts on their psyche and social development.
Children with special needs were not left out in the celebration where they also displayed talents they were endowed with.
Also, famous artist, Damola Olatunji, who is an indigene of the state, added glamour to the children party.