Edo Govt. to reintroduce teaching of History in public schools

Benin, March 26, 2017 (TNT): The Edo Government is to reintroduce History as
a subject in public schools to avail the young generation of the past, Gov. Godwin Obaseki has hinted.
Inaugurating the Castle of Legends Initiative (COLI), a Non-Governmental Organisation, in honour of
late Chief Anthony Enahoro, a foremost nationalist, in Benin on Saturday, Obaseki noted that knowledge of history is low especially among the young generation in the country.
He said the state government would reintroduce the subject, which would be taught alongside Social Studies.
He also explained that state-owned tertiary institutions would be equipped to teach Bini history, while scholarships would be offered to postgraduate students who are interested in studying Bini history at the doctorate level.
He described Enahoro as a vibrant journalist and nationalist who sacrificed his life, was imprisoned and fled into exile in his struggle to make Nigeria better.
Obaseki said that Enahoro’s contributions to the country needed to be celebrated and his name immortalised at the chambers of the National Assembly.
The President of COLI, who is also Esogban of Benin Kingdom, Chief David Edebiri, delivered a lecture entitled: “Immortalising Our Heroes Past, Nigerian Nationalists in Focus”.
He said national heroes such as Enahoro needed to be appreciated for their immense contributions, and immortalising him would inspire others to be more patriotic.
The highlight of the event was the unveiling of a life-size statue of Chief Anthony Enahoro, erected by COLI at the foreground of the Edo State House of Assembly complex.
There was also presentation of awards to four national heroes who contributed to the independence of Nigeria. They are Alhaji Lateef Jakande, Obi Nosike Ikpo, Chief Mbazilike Amech and Alhaji Tanko Yakasai.
A book entitled “The Role of Militant Youths in the Struggles for Nigerian Independence: Tony Enahoro as a Case Study”, written by Chief David Edeberi, was also presented at the event. (TNE)
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