In a bid to curb the high rate of crime amongst adolescents and youths, the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) has organised a one-day workshop on good parenting for residents of Igando/Ikotun Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Lagos State.  

In her address to participants at the programme held within the premises of Igando-Ikotun LCDA Secretariat, the Commissioner for WAPA, Hon. Cecilia Bolaji Dada averred  that the enormous involvement of youths, teenagers and children in ritual killings, kidnapping, cultism and armed robbery, amongst others can effectively be curbed, if parents ensure proper upbringing of the wards and children from childhood. 

Dada, who was represented by the Director, Domestic Violence Department, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olorunfemi, reiterated the State Government’s zero-tolerance stance for idleness and mediocrity, particularly amongst youths, stressing the need to take such enlightenment to the people.  

She also called for responsible parenting, noting that poor behavioural patterns can easily be linked to parents who neglect their children and their statutory charge as modifiers of children’s attitudes from infancy to adulthood. 

Her words, “The purpose of this workshop is to enlighten parents who commit all sorts of atrocities in the presence of their children such as drinking, smoking, stealing, womanising and other vices, to let them know that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is particularly interested in curbing all societal anomaly in Lagos, particularly in Alimosho Community which has high reports of adolescent crimes”. 

“Research has shown that whenever crime occurs, it means there exists a faulty background and worst still. If it is paired with peer pressure, it can prompt most children into joining cult groups and committing crimes”, she said 

Dada implored the 250 parents in attendance, to adopt better parenting skills, such as being intentional about raising their children, applying proper disciplinary measures where necessary, spending quality time with them and supporting their growth. 

She called on the collaborative efforts of Schools, due to the vital roles they equally play in the development of children and youths. 

Also speaking, Director, Women’s Rights and Health Project (WRAHP), Mrs. Bose Ironsi, commended WAPA for the enlightenment programme aimed at curbing domestic violence in the society. 

She urged parents to pay appropriate attention to their wards and desist from using derogatory languages in speaking to them and ultimately understand that unity between parents is paramount in raising children. 

The high point of the programme was the segment for free medical screening for participants to ensure their physical fitness and protect their well-being.