The Governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi, at the weekend stated that the insecurity situation in the country has affected the national cohesion enjoyed through the nation’s educational and social system in the past.
Governor Amaechi spoke at the graduation ceremony of El-Amin International Secondary School, Minna, held at the school’s complex, at the weekend.
Amaechi attended the graduation in honour of the eleven less privileged children sponsored by his administration in Rivers state, when he attended the school graduation about six years ago, spoke against the backdrop of the fear of some people in Rivers state over sponsoring students from Rivers to study in the North.
He stated that because of the security situation, no parent would want to send his or her child to Maiduguri to go to secondary schools as was obtainable in the past, adding that, the social system in the past did not make regional, religious and ethnic tendencies important as it is in contemporary Nigeria.
He said, as a student, he used to board train from Port Harcourt to Makurdi, but that today, the trains that used to be functional were no longer there and to say the least, was the unwillingness of parents to send their children from another region to others for secondary education.
Amaechi noted that, when he sponsored eleven students to El-Amin International School, there was the fear that because they were coming to the North they might be converted to Islam, but today the students are better Nigerians than their contemporaries that have not gone out of their state of origin of Rivers.
He applauded the efforts of El-Amin International School for its sustainable standard of a sound multi-religious moral that give children good training to be better people of the society.
In his speech, the Executive Director of El-Amin International School, Alhaji Mohammed Babangida, reassured that the school would not only sustain the standard of academic, but would also improve on it, in order to produce the best students in moral, spiritual and mental proficiency.