Nigerian Network of Non Governmental Organisations, NGO’s have moved to chart a better future for the children as the leaders of tomorrow.
At an event held at Plane One in Lagos, tagged Action/2015 Global Day of Action with the theme Financing our Future, the country director Save the children, Nigeria, Mr. Ben Foot noted that the future has to change for the sake of the children.
He stressed the need to reach out to the government and to hold them accountable to their promises and to say enough is enough for their various unfulfilled promises to the children.
While urging the children to be that change, Mr. Foot said leaders in his generation have done enough damage to the world.
He enjoined the children to emulate Malala, the Pakistani Girl who stood for and advocated for education for the girl child by becoming the change agents with the motive of making a difference.
Speaking also, the country representative One Campaign, Edwin Ikhuoria explained that the event has become necessary as the Millennium Development Goals, MDG’s which did not meet its goals is set to expire in September and a new one named Sustainable Development Goals, SDG is set to take off by September, there is need for the government to finance development for the future.
He stated that in the next 15 years, the children who will become by then the leaders of tomorrow will after the meeting this month in Ethiopia and the coming of new goals in September need to be assured of a better financing of their future for a better tomorrow.
In his remarks also, Oluseyi Oyebisi, Nigerian Network of NGOs said the NGOs are expecting a better future for the children in the next 15 years when they would have become the leaders of tomorrow.
According to him, after the July meeting in Ethiopia and the formulation of new goals, that is the Sustainable Development Goals, there would be a better financing to usher in the 15 years.
At the event, the children from different schools in Lagos presented different petitions to the government concerning the plight of the children and the need for the government to be proactive in tackling some of the issues of the future.