Prof. Wole Soyinka, the Nobel laureate has called on the Federal Government to improve the standard of education in the country towards a brighter future and growth of the Nigerian children.
He stated this during the Children’s Day celebration organised by Segun Odegbami International College and Sports Academy, Waasimi. Ewekoro Local Government Area, Ogun State,
Soyinka, while addressing the students of the school, urged government at all levels not to sit back but work harder to make education more accessible and attractive to Nigerian children, as education remained the bedrock of any developed nation.
Soyinka advised the students to focus and concentrate on their studies, saying that they were the potential leaders of tomorrow.
He urged them to always respect culture and never discriminate against anyone, irrespective their tribe, religion or ethnic group.
According to Soyinka, such gesture would continue to promote togetherness, unity, and progress of the nation.
In his remarks, the proprietor of the academy, Segun Odegbami, appreciated Soyinka for the visit, saying that it would be a moral booster for the children.
Odegbami noted that the programme was put together to celebrate the children, adding that the school had less than 100 students at the moment.
Speaking on behalf of the student, Gideon Oyeyigi, appealed to government not to forget the Nigerian child.
Oyeyigi added that the the dreams of a Nigerian child should not be shattered, calling on the appropriate authorities to do the needful to improve the education sector.
He also called on government to tackle insecurity, adding that children were most affected.