Principal Tasks Parents on Need to Motivate Children
By Francis Sadhere
Parents have been tasked to motivate their children, guard and help them choose careers of their choice that will bring joy to both the children and parents.
The Principal of Federal Government College, Warri, Mr. Aabiodun A. Fabiyi made this statement, recently, during the school’s Annual Speech and Prize Giving Day held at the college premises.
Addressing guests, parents and student at the occasion, Mr. Fabiyi said no child should be left out in the quest of teaching them to become important citizens of the country.
He said children are the future of the tomorrow and there was need to bring them up in the ways that will make them take up important positions in the world.
He said the school, since its establishment in 1996 had recorded numerous achievements and has produced men and women who were increasingly filling up political and administrative positions in the country.
He said; “Service to one’s fellow human being is the principal purpose of education. In Federal Government College as elsewhere, we see education in terms of investment in human resources and an instrument of nation building. It serves as a tool to nurture a cohesive society and an enlightened and responsive populace.”
Mr. Fabiy also advised the 2013/2014 graduating student to work hard and see themselves as light to the world, and serve diligently so that one day they may also see themselves at the top.”
“Remember that without passion which is a burning desire, your goals might not come to fruition. Remain focused and steadfast; learn to appreciate your class mates, parents, teachers, sibling s and all those you come in contact with. One of the greatest scientists, Voltaire, had this to say, “Appreciation is a wonderful thing:it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well,” he told the students.
Chairman of the occasion and Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC) Prof. Julius Okojie, in his opening remark, said the “school has made monumental contributions to the social economy and political development of Nigeria having produced eminent professionals, academics, statesmen and seasoned administrators.”
Prof. Okojie who was represented by the Chairman, Standing Committee on Private Universities, Prof. Akareren Idem Essien, said the choice of the theme, ‘Role of ICT in Teaching and Learning’ was a clear indication of the school’s currency and responsiveness to the realities of the technologically driven age that we are.
He commended the school Principal, Mr. Andrew Fabiyi and his team for his transformation leadership role so far and for making the school conform to modern day technological pace, noting that it takes a leader with a vision to do what the principal has done for the school in the last two years.
Professor Gordini Darah, in his goodwill message at the occasion, emphasized the need for schools in Nigeria to develop teaching and learning skills that conforms to our technological age, stressing that teaching and learning patterns in some of our schools have become obsolete.
He called on the Federal Government to make new policies for Nigerian Schools as that was the only way students and teachers can move along with the rest of the world.
The Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Prof. Patrick Mouboughare who also spoke at the occasion, assured staff and students of the school that the state government was going to take over the construction of some of the projects in the school.
Prof. Mouboghare commended the principal and staff of the school for maintaining the infrastructures in the school, noting that as an old boy he was happy to meet the school the way he met it that day.
The guest speaker of the occasion, Mr. Kayode Shobajo in his lecture titled “Role of ICT in Teaching and Learning” said E-learning has brought learning closer to the people, urging Nigerian students to take advantage of ICT gadgets available to them.
He tasked the state government on the need to embrace ICT for effective teaching and learning, noting that Nigerian children have to move along with the rest of the world in terms of information technology.
High point of the occasion was the presentation of prizes to students and staff who have distinguished themselves academically.