Withdraw hate speech bill –Olanipekun
From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria , Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) has advised the National Assembly to immediately withdraw the Hate Speech bill that has generated bad blood among Nigerians , declaring it as contradicting the principles of fundamental human rights and tantamount to pursuing a policy that is self serving .
Olanipekun, who expressed disappointment that such bill could emanate from the National Assembly , warned that the Hate Speech bill will create bad blood and disunity among Nigerians if passed and assented to by the president .
On the abysmal level of education in Nigeria, Olanipekun called for more funding of education through governments , corporate bodies and philanthropists, for children of the poor to have access to education.
Olanipekun made the scathing remarks against the bill on Saturday in Ikere, Ekiti State, during his annual scholarship awards for over 100 indigent but brilliant Nigerian students through Wole Olanipekun Foundation.
The former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) enjoined the NASS to focus attention on sponsoring bills that would cushion the effects of insecurity, poor education, hardship and bad roads that plaque the nation, and shun retrogressive bills such as the Hate Speech.
He charged the beneficiaries of the scholarship scheme to imbibe the culture of role modeling , by patterning their lives after a successful person in the society and work towards surpassing him to make their future great.
In his lecture entitled: ‘Philanthrioist Vision in Relation to Youth Education’, a Professor Education, Dr. G . O. Oyinloye, said philanthropism is imperative in Nigeria in view of the high level of poverty, saying the UNESCO research on education revealed that over 13 million children dropped out of school for lack of funds in Nigeria.
Governor Kayode Fayemi, represented by Education Commissioner, Mr. Foluso Daramola, said part of the ways to make education accessible by his administration, was by abrogating fees in primary and secondary cadres to attract out of schools children .
Fayemi said his government will be paying a sum of N240 million for over 13,000 students that will write WAEC in 2020, being part of the efforts to ensure that all impediments to education are removed.