The Lagos State government has challenged parents and guardians to pay adequate attention to their wards as they settle down for holiday.
The Chairman of Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Dr. Ganiyu Sopeyin decried the increasing trend of cultism and abuse of drugs among school children, advising parents to leverage on the availability of their children at home to observe them.
He said that it became imperative on parents and guardians to be very observant about their children by monitoring their movements, engaging them productively and encourage them to read their books.
Dr. Sopeyin mentioned that the task of fighting cultism and other social vices must not be left to government alone but be complemented by the parents and other stakeholders.
“Community leaders and all other relevant stakeholders must see these several means of exploiting children as a challenge and know that they have the responsibility to stamp them out of society.
The underlying fact here is that children generally are more vulnerable during the holidays hence the need to pay adequate attention to all that they do during this period and if possible regulate their exposure to negative things on the social media,” he said
He assured parents and guardians that the government would not relent in protecting the children from the menace of cultism and drug abuse especially among school children.
Sopeyin noted that the registration of school children into government primary schools are ongoing, urging parents to take advantage of the extension of the registration which runs through September to enrol their children.
The SUBEB Chairman also called on parents to take advantage of the recently launched free health mission by the State government targeted at children and take their children to the various designated centres for adequate medical attention so that the children would be healthier when schools resume for the next academic session.