The Lagos State Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences (Enforcement Unit) has said birth control will tackle cultism and other vices in the state.
The Chairman of the agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, while urging parents to give birth to children they could raise, noted that children that were not well catered for were the ones joining bad gangs.
Egbeyemi said this on Thursday at the celebration of the World Parents Day of the Education District One at the Agege Stadium.
He said, “Most parents are the major cause of the problem we have in the country because they cannot differentiate between taking care of what they can afford and just having children for pleasure. We need to go back and ask ourselves why should we give birth to the children that we cannot raise?
“Having children more than your income leads to child labour and from there, they mingle with the bad ones and this gives birth to cultism, armed robbery and other vices. My appeal to parents is to minimise their childbirth by using various methods of birth control and when they have these children, they should monitor them.”
The Tutor General and Permanent Secretary of the Education District I, Olufolayimika Ayandele, who noted that the celebration was an initiative of the United Nations, said the event was set aside to recognise parents for the critical roles they played in the life of their children.