Stakeholders urge peace, unity ahead Christmas
In furtherance of Christmas spirit, stakeholders in the education sector have called for peace and unity among Nigerians, ahead of the festive season.
The immediate past chairman of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Dr. Musa Babayo said this in Abuja during an end of year talent show and Christmas carols, organised by the Pacesetters Schools.Babayo said the programme served as an avenue to foster peace, unity and love among Nigerians, as well as promote good leadership for a united nation, despite the diversity.
Stressing the place of quality education in leadership, he said Nigeria is a great nation that will continue to produce great leaders, when children are taught unity in diversity.
“Looking at these children perform on stage tonight, I am very optimistic that there is hope for this country. I am sure that the nation will be in very good hands in the not too distant future, because these children will make history,” he said.
Speaking on the importance of the yearly show to a holistic grooming of the students, Chairman, Pacesetters Schools, Barrister Kenneth Imansuangbon, said the event was about discovering students’ talents, and how to make the country better.He said: “Nigeria needs talents to make it a great nation, despite our composition. And that is why this year; the focus is on promoting academic excellence, creativity and oneness. When the children discover who they are and their talents, it would impact on how far they can go in life and their various endeavours.
We made the talent show to deliberately coincide with the yuletide to further stress the virtues of love, peace and oneness among all religions. These children need to discover who they are. They also need to discover that Nigeria is not all about fighting and divisions. They need to know that tomorrow will better.”
The Parent Teachers Association (PTA) chairman of the school, Dr. Garba Safiyanu said the it was a rewarding experience for him as a parent to watch the children give performance in the areas of physics, mathematics, music, religion and drama, among others. “This gives one hope for a brighter future for Nigeria and joy as a parent,” he said.