On the occasion of Children’s Day celebration, May 27, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, said the well-being of Nigerian children remain a top priority .
He used the opportunity to remind Nigerians once again that he was committed to fulfilling his electoral promises.
In his Children’s Day message, which he personally signed and made available to journalists in Abuja, Thursday, said the uplifting of the Nigerian child, through helthcare, affordable education, were necessary to develop a nation.
For that reason, according to him, adequate provisions were made in the 2016 Budget for their immunisation against killer diseases as well as the school feeding programme.
In the statement, he said, “I seize the opportunity of this year’s celebration which comes just two days before the first anniversary of the present administration, to reassure our children and youth that we remain fully committed to fulfilling our promise of a better Nigeria for all of our people.
“On this happy occasion for our children, I reaffirm my belief that it is the right of every Nigerian child to have access to quality and affordable education, as well as healthcare and other basic necessities for a good life, in a peaceful and secure environment.
“The good health and well-being of Nigerian children remain a top priority on our agenda for national development and we have demonstrated our strong commitment in this regard with the allocation of N12.6 billion in the 2016 budget for vaccines and programmes to prevent childhood killer diseases such as polio, measles and yellow fever.
“Other measures in the 2016 budget, such as the school feeding programme for children at a cost of N93.1 billion, will ensure that more children go to school and enjoy the fun of learning and growing together with their peers.
“Despite the current economic and funding challenges facing our dear nation, my administration will continue to do all within its powers to achieve better living conditions and greater access to quality healthcare and education for all our youth.”