Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State says all is set to distribute customised COVID 19 kits to children for the control of the spread of the pandemic among children in the state’s 18 Local Government areas.
Akeredolu stated this in his address on the occasion of the 2021 National Children’s Day celebration on Thursday, in Akure.
The governor said: “we all have reasons to celebrate, in spite of the ravaging effects of COVID–19 Pandemic, which has claimed the lives of millions of lives globally”.
“We are alive and able to look back and see that the Almighty God has been so merciful to us, to be able to contain the spread and effects of the scourge in Ondo State.
“It was with a view to ensuring that children in the state are not unnecessarily exposed to the effects of the pandemic that they were prevented from gathering together in the usual large numbers for the year 2021 Children’s Day Celebrations.
“This decision of ours, we hope, will contribute largely to consolidation of the success we have achieved in the control of the spread of the pandemic in our dear state.
“I, therefore, commend our children for abiding by government’s regulations in respect of the control measures against the spread of the virus.
“It is in recognition of the importance of your roles in the control of the spread of the COVID–19 pandemic that we have provided customised COVID-19 control kits in small bags for distribution to children in the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.
“Accordingly, an appropriate mechanism has been set up to ensure effective distribution. Dear children please use these items effectively, for they are for your protection.
“I call on the organised private sector, individuals and other stakeholders to support this effort of government by coming forward to provide more of these COVID–19 control materials to more of our children in all parts of the state,” he said.
Akeredolu also called on children to be careful of the friends they associate with, saying that. associating with bad peer groups would only end up spoiling your good character.
“As critical stakeholders in our country, you all have a lot of responsibilities and roles to play in stemming the tide of insecurity, in order to guarantee a secure and prosperous future for you all.
“Avoid being used as tools in the hands of criminals. Be vigilant to be able to identify individuals or groups that are likely to endanger lives and properties around your homes, schools, or communities and promptly report such persons to your parents, teachers or community leader.
“Avoid loitering on the streets when you are expected to be in school and be conscious of your personal security all the times,” he said. (NAN)