All of three mayoral candidates in the third Barisal City Corporation election
have pledged to make the city children-friendly.
They were speaking at a programme styled ‘face to face with children’ organised by a local monthly children magazine ‘Lal-Sabuj’ at Ashwini Kumar Hall Wednesday night in the city.
Different non-government and child rights organisations cooperated with the children magazine.
Ruling Awami League-led ‘14-party’ alliance-backed candidate Shawkat Hossain Hiron and independent candidate Mahmudul Hoque Khan Mamun, also a local Juba League leader, attended the programme.
Though the opposition ‘18-party’ alliance-backed candidate Ahsan Habib Kamal could not attend the programme, he expressed his solidarity with all of the demands of the children.
Monthly Lal-Sabuj executive editor Sohanur Rahman presided over the programme conducted by Maliha Tabassum Jhara and Foyezuddin of National Children Task Force.
The participant children placed eight-point demands including designating a children affairs officer with office at BCC, creating city children council and helpline, special budget allocation for children, preserving children-interests in city development
planning, special programmes for developing creativities and coordinated steps in children
Hiron pledged that no child would ever sleep under open sky if he was elected again.
‘I will not only make the city children-friendly, but also provide them with healthy cultural, recreational, amusement and sports facilities and open ward-wise children parks,’ Ahsan Habib Kamal said in his message sent to the children.
-With New Age input