Family Day: Minister urges families to stay current with technology trends

By Rahila Lassa, Abuja


Nigeria’s Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, has felicitated all families, as the world marks the 2021 International Day of families.

Farouq urged them to stay current with technological trends, to remain relevant in the society.

According to the Minister, the Day provides awareness of issues relating to families and  increases knowledge of the socio- economic and demographic processes affecting families.

“As we all know, new technologies are evolving at a rapid pace and impact on every aspects of human endeavours. This has changed the normal way of doing things. New technologies such as the smart phones, computers, artificial intelligence, internet of things, blockchain, robotic process automation, virtual reality, to mention but a few, impact on individuals, families and communities and to keep pace with the trends in technology. There is need  for individuals and families to keep upskilling and learning new tools to remain relevant so to stay current with new technology trends is necessary,” the Minister emphasised.

Farouq equally urged families to strike a balance in the use of modern technology at home and at work as well as safety concerns for children in the use of the internet and social media.

According to her, families are the foundation of society and should be protected and celebrated.

She said; “as we celebrate the World Family Day,  let’s promote love among families because a happy family is a happy society.”

The International Day of Families was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in 1993, with the resolution ( A /RES /47/237) and reflects the importance of the international communities.

The theme for this year’s celebration is: ‘Families and New Technologies”.



Mercy Chukwudiebere



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