News Rain Nigeria reports that the Federal Representative, representing Oluyole Federal Constituency, Hon. Akande Sadipe has called on the Federal Government at all levels to prioritize history as a subject in its educational curriculum.
Hon Sodipe also urged Nigerians to make the celebration of Nigeria at 60 a driving force to uphold good values.
Nigeria At 60: Prioritization Of History Subject
Sodipe who described the non-prioritization of History in Nigerian educational curriculum as an injustice to the younger generation, who do not know much about Nigerian independence.
Hon. Akande Sadipe, in her Independent Anniversary address which was issued and signed by her Special Assistant on Media, Olamilekan Olusada, urged Federal Government and State Governments to make History, a compulsory subject in schools for pupils and students.
Sodipe through the address, which was made available to Journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital on Thursday, also reiterated her commitment to legislative representation through her core constituency agenda for the emancipation of Oluyole federal constituency.
Hon. Akande while speaking on the importance and significance of October 1 said the day denotes emancipation to her, said the day reminiscing the sacrifices of her late mentor, Chief Anthony Enahoro in the Western House of Assembly.
“What October 1st means to me. It means Emancipation.
In 1953, Anthony Enahoro who I fondly call Baba Enahoro. My late mentor initiated the self-government motion in the Western House of Assembly. This eventually led to Nigeria’s Independence on the 1st of October, 1960.
Akande-Sadipe said: “October 1st is an opportunity for we the citizens of the nation Nigeria, to ask ourselves the question ”ARE WE TRULY EMANCIPATED? In my opinion the answer is NO”.
“Today we are no longer Slaves to the Europeans, but we are slaves to the corruption that pervades all strata of our society. We are slaves to the ethnic differences that abound in our nation”.
Unfortunately, today, a lot of the young people in spite of the elaborate celebrations of the day, are not familiar with that name as history is no longer a priority in Nigeria’s educational curriculum. A very sad travesty of justice”, she said.
Hon. Akande Sodipe who is also the Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, in her address to the nation called on Nigerians to have a deep thought on the state of the Nation and where they want the Nation to be.
“I, therefore, call on my fellow Nigerians, that we should all use this day of celebration to assess, where our nation is and to decide, where we really want to take our nation. It’s truly up to us.
I pray that we will be true to our selves and jointly work towards genuine emancipation of all, across the nation. Then shall we have a reason to celebrate real independence”.
Celebrating her constituency, Akande-Sadipe stated that, there is a need to come closer home, today is a day to celebrate my people of Oluyole Federal Constituency, for collaborating with me on the progress of our constituency, because out of progress can there be true emancipation”.