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AMAC to partner with NGO to educate street children

16th Dec, 2019 | By Darlington Omotoso, Josephine Ajadi and Juliet Onuoha | ||

The Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, Honourable Adamu Abdullahi Candido has thrown his support behind the Infants Advocacy Initiative International (IAI), an Abuja based Non- Government Organisation (NGO), with a mission of getting children on the streets back to schools to ensure that indigent children particularly enjoy same standards of living as other children who have the privilege of attending good schools.

Speaking during the NGO' s end of the year briefing with Grand patron, patrons, consultants and other relevant stakeholders recently at Syndicate Hall, Summit Villa Hotel, Life Camp, Abuja, the AMAC Chairman who is the Grand patron, represented by Mrs. Abiodun Essiet, Special Adviser, ICT, commended the NGO for taking up the challenge, stating that street children were very often exposed to so many dangers, hence the need for organisations like this to partner with the Area Council to see that many out of school, indigent children can be taken off the streets back into schools in the coming year.

He said, "I am really amazed at your activities and achievements within the last twelve months. I encourage you to do more. As a government, we are happy when organizations take the initiative to solve a social problem. We are always ready to support in whatever ways we can to ensure they succeed. The office on ICT, Donor agencies and Civil societies has just been created in the council for effective engagements with development partners to see how to share ideas, identify gaps and seek how best to bridge them and develop our communities."

In his welcome remarks which stated their vision and mission, activities carried out in the last twelve months, challenges being faced and future plans, Chairman, Infants Advocacy Initiative International, Mr. Paul Nnaji said, "the vision of IAI is to ensure that indigent children enjoy the same standards of living as other children, with the mission to take out of school children off the streets in order to give them quality education, help them to play and recreate as well as to provide access to quality health which is in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)".

According to him, research shows that Nigeria has the highest number of out of school children and IAI is out to curb this in Nigeria with the aim to enroll at least 1000 street children in school by year 2021. "Our biggest challenge is funding. At the moment, we have no donor within and outside the country supporting us financially to carry out our activities. We are hoping this would change in the coming year", he emphasized.

He revealed plans to build a 'Save our Soul' (SOS) village for indigent children in a North Central state of Nigeria and by extension to other parts of the country. The children's village would have facilities such as schools, hostels, sports centres, healthcare centres, among others. Hajiya Menuna Garuba, a stakeholder from the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), commended the organisation for taking up the challenge, advising them to seek partnership with international organizations like the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and ensure they have a national spread. Mrs. Chinwe Ikaraoha, from National Orientation Agency, (NOA) said IAI had started well, hoping that they would keep improving and promised the support of NOA.

News Update

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