THE Minister of Interior, Lt.-General A. B. Dambazau, has called on parents to invest more in their children’s education, as these are the future of the nation.
Represented by the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Leye Oyebade, as the special guest of honour at the 15th anniversary celebration and valedictory of De Ayo International College, Ibadan, Oyo State, last Thursday, the minister charged the management and staff of the school not to rest on their laurels, expressing the belief that products of the school would become first class leaders of the nation tomorrow.
He also encouraged the graduating students to be prayerful, so they can become successful leaders tomorrow.
The chairman of the occasion, Professor Kayode Idowu, in his address, asked parents to train their children so they could enjoy fruits of their labour. He also urged every parent not to abandon their children to university and polytechnic lecturers.
“Our children need our mentorship and prayers. Therefore, when they gain admission to higher institutions of learning, visit them occasionally without announcing your visit,” he said.
The guest speaker on the occasion, Dr L. A. Balogun, charged the students to always talk positively about themselves, hold tight all virtues they have acquired in the school.
Dr Balogun also harped on the need to acquire entrepreneurship skill, and to see possibilities where others see emptiness.
The proprietress of the school, Dr (Mrs) Ayoyinka Babatunde, expressed gratitude to everyone who had supported her vision and mission in nurturing lives through quality and standard education.
She also commended the government for introducing trade subjects in the Senior Secondary School curriculum, pointing out that if the subjects are properly handled by experts, the problem of unemployment would be solved to a large extent in Nigeria.
She therefore called on the government to provide adequate personnel and equipment needed to teach these subjects, without which the programme could “end up giving students negative exposure.”