By Chukwuka Ugokwe, Awka
About 100 Day-Care proprietors are to be trained by the Anambra state government under the ministry of Women and Children affairs, as part of efforts to solve the challenge of child theft in day-care centres across the state.
The training programme, which had already taken off in many states of the federation, would expose the trainees to methods of managing the challenges of taking proper care of a child during school hours.
The Special Adviser to the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano on Women and Children matters, Honourable Onyeka Ebelebe, said during the commencement of the training in Awka, Anambra State, that it had become necessary to equip the proprietors with skills.
He said the skills were needed following the discovery that children were being stolen from the day care centres across the country due to lack of proper training on the part of the owners and management of this centres.
According to him, the challenges represented a clear danger as it threatened the attainment of key government policies.
“We are set to empower the proprietors on ways to operate the centres and making it child friendly. At the end of the training sessions, we intend to provide them with some support materials and services to enable them cater for our future generations, ” Ebenebe said.
He said the purpose of the training was to educate participants on how they can operate in a good working relationship with the state government in term of social amenities needed for the upkeep of this centres, like CCTV installation, building of electrical fens, first aid facilities in case of emergency, among others.
Ebelebe who also stated that the 100 trainees were registered with the state government, urged other proprietors across the state to key into the training
for the interest of a better society.
He said the government would also provide every beneficiary with starter packs to ensure that all the beneficiaries run their businesses with ease.
A consultant with the ministry, Dr. Emeka Ejidike, who was the resource person, said the training would enable the participants to showcase their passion for children care.
He advised the trainees to be determined to succeed in child management by remaining focused.