…to distribute 10, 000 books to children
The Children Evangelical Ministry (CEM) has appealed to government at all levels to rise up to the challenges of children with special needs particularly in local communities across the country.
The Director, Lagos State Chapter, and National Director, Ghana, Mr. Michael Ogo made the appeal during a Children Outreach Session held in Lagos to officially announce the Ministry’s programmes for its 40th Anniversary slated to hold between May 13th and June 18th.
The Anniversary, according to Ogo, will feature various programmes such as Anniversary Lecture, Dinner and Awards Night, Community and Medical Outreaches, Children’s Week and 10, 000 Free Literatures.
The director, described the Anniversary as a reunion adding: “We want to bring all these people home on the 13th of April to thank God together and celebrate the faithfulness of God.”
He said the President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Chief Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa will deliver the Anniversary Lecture on the 1st June, at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi-Araba to educate the public on “The Implications of Single Parenting on the Society.”
According to him, the Ministry will hold Luncheon/Reunion on the 13th April and Children Speak on 25th May respectively.
He further said there would be a rally for the children tagged Children Speak targeted at May during the Children’s Week.
He said, “We want to examine the issue of children that are currently being exposed to pornographic films and media violence. The lecture will x-ray the implications of all these vices on the 21st century children.
“These are going to be our focus for the Anniversary Lecture. We want to enlighten the society on the evils that come with all these issues to our children. What could be the implications on these children in the future if these vices are not curbed,” he added.
“We are having a gathering of Children to come and speak their mind concerning the Nigerian nation. Children will be allowed to speak about the kind of nation they hope to have and the issues affecting them now as a child. Their message to the parents and the Nigerian government,” he said.
Ogo also said during the Anniversary, the Ministry would engage in series of welfare and medical outreaches in communities where the Ministry has yet to actively imparted in the lives of children.
“We are going to have Makoko welfare and medical outreach. We are visiting some local communities for welfare outreaches to give food, clothing and medical items,” he said.Meanwhile, the Director also said the Ministry will distribute about 10,000 free literatures to children in order to equip their mental and intellectual capacity.