Sunday, 20 November 2016

African Leaders Asks to Invest on Education

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The former Prime Minister, Federal Republic of Kenya, Rt. Hon. Ralia Odinga has called on African leaders to invest more on education than they do on politics.

Odinga, who spoke at 5th Zik Lecture Series & 10th Year Anniversary of Sen. Ben. Ndi Obi’s Lecture Endowment Fund entitled “the Crisis of Nation States in Africa”, held at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, the capital of Anambra State, posited that quality education was capable of repositioning the continent.

According to him, education made the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first President of Nigeria and Governor General a journalist and nationalist whose contributions to liberation of the continent would never be forgotten in a hurry.

He added that Azikiwe stood firm in one Nigeria project to the extent that he stood for Nigeria’s side during the Biafra/Nigeria civil war.

While remembering that ancient Africans usually resolve their differences right where they were seated under a tree, the ex-Kenya Prime Minister insisted that with conducting and implementing the outcome of scholarly research, the continent would bounce back politically, economically and otherwise, unlike tribalism, religious induced politics and multiparty system, he claimed to be responsible to “the Crisis of Nation States in Africa.”

Also speaking, Chairman of the occasion and former Vice President Federal Republic of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, while eulogizing the late Zik of Africa, reiterated the need for primary school education to be made free at both public and private institutions to accommodate the children of the poor and the rich into the basic foundation of education.

Atiku further enjoined the government, private individuals and missionaries to sponsor scholarly research, and also offer scholarship to students of tertiary institutions so as to encourage healthy competition among students of higher learning.

Similarly, the founding father of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APC), while noting that the evidence of good living would never be discovered from the amount of food or drinks someone consumed, among other flamboyant lifestyles, maintained that education requires a collaborative effort of the people, government, and missionaries.

On his part, the erstwhile Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi averred that the problem facing the country was because her leaders’ chose to mismanage public funds on unsolicited projects and celebrations.

“How can we grow where leaders abandon the projects they inherited from their predecessors? Government is no more investing on education. That is why our technological institutions like Yaba College and IMT Enugu, which suppose to be building our manpower has turned into Institute of Madness because youth no longer cares to go there. Besides, most of these schools have completely lost accreditations. Also, professors are no longer valued. Politicians and political office holders are more valued than government officials. That is why people now go for politics” Obi added.

Contributing, the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, represented by his Deputy, Nkem Okeke, urged leaders to live a sacrificial life like late Azikiwe, who according to him, was known with sincerity of purpose.

On what informed his decision to be championing the Zik’s lecture, Sen. Ben. Ndi Obi said that it was him, who inspired him to go into partisan politics.

While speaking, the Vice-Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku hinted that the theme of the programme captured the political temperature of many African countries , even as he extolled the host, Faculty of Social Sciences of the citadel for sustaining the lecture every November for five years.

Speaking also, Prof Stella Okunna, the Dean Faculty of Social Sciences asked students to make inform use of the knowledge they have gathered from the lecture, while the wife of the departed African hero, Uche Azikiwe thanked people for upholding her husband’s legacy.




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