A Non-govermental Organization, the Center for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) yesterday charged the state government to pay more attention to the state’s educational sector.
The group also appealed to multinational oil companies operating within the state to channel more of their Corporate Social Responsibility functions to eradicate illiteracy and reduce civil unrest in their operational areas in line with Goal 4 of the SDGs.
National Coordinator of CEPEJ, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, made the plea at the 2019 Comrade Sheriff Mulade Inter-Local Government Quiz and Essay Competitions for Rural Secondary Schools in Warri North, Warri South, and Warri South West local government areas of Delta State held in Warri.
He said; “The importance of Education in the advancement of a nation cannot be overemphasized. Education is the backbone and the live wire of any economy.
“Education is the bedrock of civilization. ‘If you show me any nation that is backward in development, I will show you a nation that has less interest in the educational advancement of the people.’
“If Nigeria, the most populous black race in the world, hopes 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,” the peace ambassador reiterated.
He said the annual competition was aimed at bridging the gap between the riverine rural schools and their urban counterparts so that the coastal schools could have a full taste of what they have been denied over time in terms of academic exposure.
“We want to use this opportunity to promote and sustain the existing peace among the ethnic nationalities in the communities within the three Warri LGAs, particularly Ijaw and Itsekiri people.
“The primary aim of the Center for Peace and Environmental Justice is to promote educational awareness in the riverine rural communities, and to assist the less privileged but highly intelligent students to pursue their education and career in life through scholarship support,” he noted.