As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the May 27, 2021 Children’s Day, a non-governmental organization (NGO), Connected Development (CODE) has called for children’s access to healthcare, food, education and basic right among others.
A message by the organization to commemorate this year’s children’s day pointed out that 6 million Nigerian children suffer from acute malnutrition while only 16 per cent are immunized from various diseases, even as it urged Federal Government to turn this trend and give hope to the children by tackling the menace that threaten their existence.
“To commemorate Children’s Day today, we asked the Nigerian president what message of hope he has for the 82.8m children in Nigeria, 70 per cent of whom live in poverty, over 10 million are out of school, 6 million suffer from acute malnutrition and only 16 per cent of children who live in rural communities have full immunization.
“In addition, rising cases of insecurity and abduction of school children is fast becoming a norm and CODE urges the government to take immediate action to curb this menace that continues to threaten the future of the nation.
“We are committed to promoting children’s rights to education, healthcare, basic needs and safe learning spaces,” it added.