The Federal Capital Territory Administration-Social Development Secretariat (FCTA-SDS) in collaboration with the Association for Orphans and Vulnerable Children NGOs in Nigeria, (AONN), have celebrated 2018 day of the African child.
Speaking earlier, during the programme, in Abuja, today, the FCT Coordinator of the Association for Orphans and Vulnerable Children NGOs in Nigeria (AONN), Aji Rachael Robinson said the gesture was to ensure that orphans and vulnerable children have access to the basic need of life.
“Association for Orphans and Vulnerable Children NGOs (AONN) believes that orphans and vulnerable children should have access to the basic need of life through well-coordinated, articulated and knowledgeable organizations in an enabling legal and social-economic environment”.
According to her, AONN is the largest and only network of OVC-focused organization in Nigeria with up to 2,000 member organization providing care and support to over 2 million OVCs across the 36 states and FCT.
Robinson who described AONN as the only network in Africa focusing on orphans and vulnerable children said the association was established in June 20006.
Also speaking the National Coordinator of the Assocaition for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Nigeria (AONN), Mrs. Grace Dafiel, said the programme would make children to be more knowledgeable about their rights.
“The children will go home more knowledgeable about their rights. They are going to be conscious of what it takes to maintain those rights as well as going to the communities to become ambassadors to ensure they educate other children about their rights”.
In her remark, the Director Gender of the FCTA-Social Development Secretariat, Hart-Uta Agnes, said the department decided to partner with AONN to create awareness on the importance of the day of African child.
Most of children expressed delight and appealed to Government to give more support to orphans and vulnerable children in the country.