The wife of the Executive Governor of Cross River State Her Excellency Dr Linda Ayade has charged parents to instill/enforce discipline on their children even while loving them. Speaking during the *6th LAFARGE AFRICA NATIONAL LITERACY COMPETITION*, an event which had in attendance many important dignitaries like the Deputy Governor of Ogun State; Her Excellency Mrs Noimot Salako-Oyedele, the wives of the Ogun State and Gombe State Governors; Dr Mrs Olufunso Amosun and Hajiya Asma’u Yahaya, the Minister of Education; Mallam Adamu Adamu who was ably represented, the Chairman of LAFARGE; Mr Mobalaji Balogun, The Emir of Kano; Emir Sanusi Lamido, Competitors from six different States and their teachers and a host of others.
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Her Excellency expressed her satisfaction for being part of an event graced by important dignitaries who’ve all gathered to celebrate children who have come to compete and show case their talents in pronunciation and spelling which has today formed the bedrock of learning in any language. She thanked and appreciated LAFARGE for her continued sponsorship of the values and literacy which has remained the key driver of sustainable development while helping to deviate from the disturbing trend where organization has placed a huge sum on price money for winners of games and pageantry based on luck and natural beauty rather than the mental prowess.
In her words; “The over 700,000 Nigerian children that have been positively motivated by LAFARGE AFRICA PLC in the past 6yrs will never forget the impacts that has been brought into their lives and I believe they’ll replicate it in due time. You’ve contributed to the knowledge and economy of our great country and Nigerians appreciates you. I therefore throw a challenge to all our parents that are here today, i urge you to separate love from discipline as you can love your children and still enforce discipline in your home”.
Dr Linda Ayade went on to advice parents to enforce strict adherent to age restrictions on their children form joining various social media groups as children who unfortunately are still within the impressionable age will be exposed to wrong values and negative tendencies and will turn out unproductive pupil or even become a threat to the society. She frowned at the fact that spellings and literary excellence has become a growing nightmare to many children in our today’s society as the days when education was strictly the concern of parents and school teachers are gone and advised that children are greatly and negatively influenced by the friends they make on various social media.
Her Excellency ended by enumerating most of the achievements recorded so far in her husband’s administration running from an essay and quiz competition she organized for Junior Secondary School Students across the entire 18 LGAs of Cross River State, down to the massive infrastructural development in both primary and secondary schools backed up with state facilities and adequate manpower for proper teaching and learning, as well as the recent taking over of schools established by communities to ensure quality and proper standards, the construction of model schools across the three senatorial districts of the State and so many others to mention but a few.
She expressed the State’s willingness to play host to the 2020 Lafarge Africa National Literacy Competition Grand Finale coming up by November and invited them to come away from the hustle and bustle of Lagos and come enjoy the serene, clean and green life that Calabar (The State of Rest and Hospitality) offers so they could enjoy Carnival Calabar, Africa’s Biggest street party.
Speaking in the occasion again was the Emir of Kano HRM Sanusi Lamido who frankly noted that Government has neglected education and has refused to prioritize it in the recent budget. His words; “Government in its recent budget has not made education a priority, if education especially that of the girl child was given priority the nation will find solutions to most of its problems. The Government on its own cannot do it alone, as such private organizations should emulate LAFARGE and invest in education rather than just infrastructure because it will be the innovative educated minds that can use and maintain this infrastructure”.