Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi has called on the three tiers of government to create special budget for the care and development of children in the country. The monarch, who bemoaned the alarming rate at which people give birth across the country, said the nation is heading towards crisis if they are not properly taken care of.
Addressing about 5,000 school pupils in Ile Ife who thronged his palace to celebrate this year’s Children’s Day, also asked the federal government to create ministry of Children for proper attention to younger Nigerians.
He said, “let’s create a special budget for development of Children because the rate at which we are producing them is very alarming. Over 60 percent of Nigeria population is for the children, they are growing very fast, nobody is giving them any sense of belonging. Over 120 million in this country are below 30 years and nobody is talking about children in term of birth control in Nigeria.
The traditional ruler said, “We are just talking of spending money on infrastructure, if we build infrastructure, roads, power plants and others, who will take care of them? This country will be heading towards major crisis if the government fail to cater for the children.
“I am then using this Children day Celebration for political class to know that there will be problem if you didn’t take care of the children. We don’t pray for any problem but we should take good care of the Children,” he said.
Amidst colourful display by the pupils of both public and private schools participating at the Palace of Ooni Of Ife, the pupils marched in colourful sportswear at the event and performed several cultural dances.