Executive Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB), Wahab Alawiye-King, has said education is the only tool to fight poverty, saying government must give its best towards education of its people.
He stressed that education must be made compulsory and free for every Nigerian child, reminding that part of the mandate of the board is to provide education that is relevant, accessible and qualitative at no cost.
Alawiye-King, who spoke at the 60th birthday and retirement ceremony of a director at the Lagos State Ministry of Education, Dr. Ngozi Achodo, noted that for national development to occur, there must be personal development.
He said: “In fact, national development is the summation of the aggregate for personal development.
“The recently introduced programme of the state government tagged: “Excellence in child education and learning (EKO EXCEL), which is focused on basic education is to ensure that the children are disciplined. The idea is to change learning outcomes from schools and give utmost attention to the sector, particularly public schools and instill discipline in the pupils.
“We believe that when discipline is instilled, children are well trained to be the best, and subsequently form a better society. We are not ready to impose sanctions; we are here to train them to obey rules and regulations. And that is the aspect in EKOEXCEL that we are trying to focus on.”
Achodo, in her remarks, said her love for children informed her decision to be a teacher.
“Teaching has been a career I love so much and this is because of my love for children. So, working for these number of years has been very interesting and fulfilling. Even as I retire, I am fulfilled and happy because God really helped me.
“When we started, the salary was poor but when one is doing something out of love, the blessing of God will come,” she stated.