BY OBED OLUKU…..
The National Coordinator of the Center For Peace and Environmental Justice ( CEPEJ ), and the organizer of the history making Quiz and Essay competition, Comrade Sheriff Mulade. Gave a powerful address that left every attendant of the occasion astonished.
The CEPEJ boss, gave a well detailed and passionate address aimed at the poor educational System in Rural/Riverine communities in Delta State, and the possible steps to take, in order to salvage the situation.
The address in detail:
THE INTER-LOCAL GOVERNMENT QUIZ AND ESSAY COMPETITIONS FOR RURAL/RIVERINE SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN WARRI NORTH, WARRI SOUTH AND WARRI SOUTH WEST LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS OF DELTA STATE.
SPEECH DELIVERED BY COMRADE SHERIFF MULADE.
The Hon. Commissioner ministry of basic and secondary education, Delta State,
The chairmen of Warri South, Warri North and Warri South West Local Government Areas,
The supervisory councilors on education of Warri South, Warri North and Warri South West LGAs,
The chief inspectors of education of the three local government areas,
The chairmen NUT in the three LGAs.
Staffs and Students,
Gentlemen of the press,
Ladies and Gentlemen.
This annual competition is aimed at bridging the gap between the Rural/Riverine schools and their counterparts, so that the Coastal schools can have a taste of what they have been denied over time in terms of academic competition and exposure.
We are using this opportunity to promote and sustain the existing peace among the ethnic nationalities in the three local government areas, particularly the Ijaws, Itsekiris and Urhobo people.
One of the primary aims of the Center for Peace and Environmental Justice ( CEPEJ ), is to promote education awareness in the Rural/Riverine communities, and to assist the less privilege but highly intelligent students to pursue their education and career in life through scholarship support.
Center for Peace and Environmental Justice is using this medium to appeal and charge His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, the Executive Governor of Delta State, all Governors in the south-south Region and Nigeria in general, to pay more attention to their states education sectors.
The Multinational oil companies operating within the area should channel more of their corporate social responsibility functions to education development that will help to eradicate illiteracy and reduce civil unrest in their operational areas in line with Goal 4 of the SDGs.
You will recall that just last week, the Islamic Council of Nigeria and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Mohammadu Buhari, met at the Presidential villa to address the nation’s level of education. Part of their deliberations was on the prevalence of Out of school Children in the North, which is a fertile ground for the recruitment of insurgents.
While the South may have done pretty well in Child Education, there are still Out of school Children in this part of the country.
I sincerely want to charge all of us present, that we must do everything possible to sustain our children’s education, they should always access education, as it will assist greatly in reducing the numerous vices we are grappling with in the society.
The importance of education in the advancement of a nation cannot be over emphasized. Education is the back bone and the live wire of any country and its economy. Education is the bedrock of civilization. It is said “If you show to me any nation that is backward in development, I will show to you a nation that has less interest in the educational advancement of the people”
If Nigeria the most populous black race in the World, hope to meet up with high technological advancement as seen in other civilized countries like the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Canada, then the country must take education seriously.
“Any nation that refuses to develop has its future to education failure”
It is my hope that, as we continue with this effort of sensitizing, promoting and creating awareness of the importance of education, through very competitive activities, other well-meaning Nigerians will join in this great desire to add value to the advancement of the youths through various knowledge based competitive activities that will stimulate learning.
Let me use this opportunity to sincerely congratulate the best three schools that emerged as representatives of their various schools and LGAs in this competition, and to compete with other schools in the three Warri LGAs.
Those competing today are shining examples for others to imitate, I challenge them to always be exemplary henceforth and should constantly see themselves as beacons of hope to their mates under them.
There are no role models in our educational system anymore. The reasons are clear, schools have been corrupted and for one to be good example hardly attracts any reward.
I charge all you participants to obey the rules of the 4th edition of the quiz and essay competition.
It is worthy of note that I Comrade Sheriff Mulade was a victim of lack of education because of the challenges of riverine terrain, but I want to encourage you that you can make it to the top as long as you are committed to your studies.
I am very committed to promoting and sustaining quality education and peace in the three LGAs, as my immediate constituency of Delta State at large, and i am ready to support and partner with individuals, CSOs, private and public organizations that will promote and sustain the existing peace among Ijaws, Itsekiris and Urhobo ethnic groups in the Warri Area.
I want to express my sincere appreciation to the chief inspectors of education of Warri North, Warri South and Warri South West LGAs and their staffs, for their commitment and encouragement towards the facilitators, and the panel for their roles in spite of their tight schedules.
Finally, i thank all the participating schools in the 2020 competition. All the principals of the various schools and their staffs, as well as the host, for their support.
I pray God Almighty to guide and protect our children all through their educational pursuit. I wish you all a great time. May God grant you all safe journey back to your respective destinations, as we look forward to the next edition of this great quiz and essay competition.
God bless you.
Comrade Sheriff Mulade, PHF, FNES
Center For Peace And Environmental Justice ( CEPEJ ).