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Nigeria: Babangida wants more investment in education

Former President, General Ibrahim Babangida, has called on tiers of government and private indivudals to invest more in the education sector.

Speaking at the prize-giving ceremony of Pace Setters  College, Abuja , weekend , Babangida, who was represented by his son , Mohammed, said, “We must decide however, not to overburden ourselves with the mistakes or failures of the past but to boldly confront the tasks ahead of us with the solid experiences of our elders and the good-natured adventurism of our youths.”

He called on states and local governments to give Grants-in-aid to private individuals who invest their hard earned resources in education in the interest of national growth. This, Babangida said, would be “a sign of good faith and a source of great encouragement.”

According to him, “those who really want to give back to society are those who invest in education.” This, he said, was why he totally supported his late wife, Maryam, when she decided to establish El-Amin International Schools.

He thanked the proprietors of Pace Setters, Kenneth and Kate Imansuagbon; staff, parents and students for their condolence visit to him and his family after the demise of his wife.  To the graduating students, he said, “You must not only hate cultism and exam malpractice, you must also constantly work hard to earn the respect of all and command the attention of fortune upon yourself.”

In his remark Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, agreed with the former President saying, “We need to strengthen the hands of those who provide education at all levels so that we can build a strong and virile education sector in our country.”