As the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family 2014 approaches, the Nigerian Association for Family Development (NAFAD), has started preparations to make the anniversary a purposeful and memorable one in the country. Towards this, the association, on 25th September, 2013, organized a conference on ‘Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity for Nigerian Families through Education and Poverty Reduction Programmes.’
Speaking at the conference which was held at the Lagos Business School, Pan African University, Lagos, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) Focal Point on the Family, Ms Renata Kaczmarska, called for the Development of policies for poverty eradication, work-family balance and intergenerational solidarity, which according to her would contribute to the well-being of families and society at large.
Ms Kaczmarska, who was represented by the National Information Officer and the Officer-in-charge of the United Nations Information Centre, Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, noted that there was an urgent need to further encourage social and economic policies that are designed to meet the needs of families and their individual members, especially the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members, and with particular attention to the care of children. She added that the civil society organisations should work together to ensure opportunities for family members to understand and meet their social responsibilities.
‘The family’, she added, ‘is the basic unit of society and as such should be strengthened. It is entitled to receive comprehensive protection and support.’
In his presentation, the National President of the NAFAD, Mr Ike Nnaedozie, called for concerted efforts of the government, civil society and individuals to break the cycle of poor parenting, troubling youth trends, lack of solidarity with those in needs and poor take-up of parental ideals and faith in the Nigerian society. NAFAD, he said, would continue to draw attention to the need to continually address issue of poverty in the family.