Give children best education’
‘Give children best education’
By Adekola Afolabi
Ondo state governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has stressed that the younger generation should be given the best in order to secure the future and build the nation.
Akeredolu stated this in Akure, the Ondo state capital, while playing host to the 85 participants in the National Essay Competition to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Professor Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange programme. The theme of the event was “Freedom, Justice and Equity: The children’s Intervention in the Renewal of the Nation.”
“You are very promising and deserve the best. I believe in your generation. We need a forum to talk to them in order to get the best from them. Your future is bright. I implore you, keep your head high because the sky is the limit. You have so much opportunity like modern technology,” he said.
Akeredolu particularly commended the efforts of Prof. Wole Soyinka as a writer, activist, and someone who has contributed a lot to the society, noting that the Nobel Laureate remains the conscience of the nation.
According to the governor, Soyinka deserves the highest honour in the country.
“We appreciate the efforts of Soyinka in the past 10 years of this programme. He deserves the highest honor this country can give. It is important to learn what he stood and fought for so that we can continue his struggle when he has gone,” the governor added.
Earlier, Prof. Segun Ojewuyi, from the Department of Theatre, Southern Illinois University, USA, who is the leader of the team and co-executive producer, thanked the state for its investments in the programme.
He explained that the programme started in 2009, due to the search for a project with lasting impact on the world, and also to ensure that Soyinka’s legacy lived on after him.
“The ethics and principles he has lived by will continue to affect our lives. We will celebrate him through his civic duties.
“We also wanted to invest in the future of our country with this programme, which runs globally.
We tap into Nigerian children wherever we find them globally.
It is an essay writing competition, this is the platform we have used to bring the children together. Every year, we come up with topics for them to write about,” he said.
Also, one of the participants, Miss Judith Moru, from Ondo State, harped on the religious crisis and insecurity issues in Nigeria.