As the race to the 2019 general elections intensifies, the children and Adolescents Development Initiative (CADI) has tasked the candidates of various political parties on child welfare, survival and development.
Rising from its annual general meeting during which, it reviewed its activities for the previous year as well as the ongoing political activities, CADI observed that political parties have not mainstreamed issues of children, adolescents and related members of the society in their campaigns.
In a statement, Deacon Andrew Divine, CADI’s Coordinator, noted with pain that none of the political parties has presented in its campaigns, how it hopes to eradicate the various challenges facing children, adolescents and related members of the society.
“For over two months now, the various political parties have been trying to outwit themselves in their campaigns. We as CADI deeply observed that none of the parties has been able to mainstream gender issues or present how it hopes to change the fortune of children, adolescents and related members of the society in Nigeria”, CADI said.
CADI expressed deep concerns that none of the organisers of the various political debates either at national or state levels were able to mainstream issues affecting children and adolescents in their questionnaires.
Accordingly, CADI said with a month to the general elections, and as parties campaigns continue, those who hope to rule Nigeria must tell us how they hope to turn around the worsening situation of children, adolescents and related members of the society.
CADI noted with deep concerns that as leaders and decisions makers, we must not betray those who rely on us to act on their behalf.
CADI described as worrisome the numbers of out of school children, those on the side line such as disabled children, orphans as well as internally displaced children in the various camps, particularly in the trouble north east.
How to revamp the deteriorating health sector, particularly the primary health care system, CADI said should be of great concern to those who aspire to rule the nation.
It said investment in children is an investment for the future. It warns that any nation that fails to invest in the future of its population might soon expire.