By John Michael,
Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has congratulated Chief Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) on his re-election in the November 18 gubernatorial election in Anambra State.
Obaseki said reports of the conduct of the Anambra election are heart-warming and reinforce the commitment of the All Progressives Congress to credible polls in Nigeria.
“I salute the spirit of good sportsmanship demonstrated by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, Mr. Tony Nwoye, for conceding defeat.
“We are impressed with the process that produced the winner of the Anambra gubernatorial election and wish to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his insistence on a free, fair and transparent election,” the governor said.
Meanwhile, Governor Obaseki has said that grooming Nigerian children to compete with their counterparts across the globe, especially arming them with skills and knowledge to meet the peculiar demands of a globalised society would be the best legacy the country can bequeath her children.
The governor said this in commemoration of Universal Children’s Day, marked every November 20, by the United Nations.
Governor Obaseki said that the theme for this year’s celebration, it’s a #kidstakeover, points to the imperative of providing for children opportunities and allowing them the right to express themselves in all sphere of life.
According to him, “As we mark this day, it is important to understand the delicate situation the child in Nigeria lives. In the nearest future, they would be competing with children who have been exposed to the best of cutting-edge technology. With the world morphing into a global village, it is not impossible to have every kid exposed to same opportunities.”
“It is with this thinking that we have embarked on a holistic policy reform to reposition the basic education system in Edo State. We do not want our children to compete with their counterparts in Nigeria; we want to make them global citizens,” he said.
He urged policymakers, teachers, parents and other stakeholders involved in child development to work closely to provide the needed support and incentives for children to realise their full potential.
The governor noted, “the place of children in the matrix of development is sacrosanct. We must endeavour to build enduring legacies, not just by erecting structures, but by investing in our young, giving them the opportunity to, tomorrow, have reasons to look back and be grateful that they lived in this country.”