Edo State Government through the Ministry of Social Development and Gender Issues has collaborated with SOS Children’s Village, Nigeria (SOSCVN) to organize a three-day capacity building training for the Edo State Children’s Parliament with the theme ” Strengthening Parliamentary Engagement and Advocacy Skills for Edo Children (Speak for Edo Children)”.

Addressing the parliamentarians, the Commissioner for Social Development and Gender Issues, Hon. Christabel Omoh Ekwu admonished them to always speak out when they find the need to. The commissioner asserted that the voices of the parliamentarians could not be neglected as the present Government led by Mr. Godwin Obaseki had fully embraced inclusiveness in its developmental strides in the state.

“Your voices count in Edo State, all you need to do is to speak out when your rights are being denied you,” Hon. Ekwu advised.

She encouraged the executive members of the Children’s Parliament to make good use of their office by implementing policies that are favourable to children in the state.

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On her part, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Babara Osobajo who advised the children to see themselves as privileged to be the voice of children in the state, enjoined them to be of good conduct as they occupy their various positions, stressing the need to make themselves role models to other children in the state.

The Family Strengthening Coordinator of SOS Children’s Village Nigeria, Maryam Cam who lectured the Children on the various aspects of speech presentation, explained the rudiments of Human Rights Advocacy.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Children’s Parliament, Master Omorogbe Uyiosa appreciated the government for its unwavering efforts towards the inclusiveness of children in its developmental agenda and promised to be a good ambassador to the children of Edo State.

Highlight of the engagement was an interactive session between the parliamentarians and the Edo State first lady Dr. Betsy Obaseki, a courtesy visit to the Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Osarodion Ogie and a tour round the Edo State Government House in Benin City.