By Felix Khanoba
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has commended members of the Igbo Youth Assembly for their commitment towards the promotion of education, peace and national unity.
The minister, who gave the commendation in his office in Abuja during a courtesy visit by the group, assured that the ministry would partner with members of the assembly in their peace and education promotion efforts.
A statement made available to The AUTHORITY and signed by the Director of Press of the education ministry, Mrs. Chinenye Ihuoma, said the minister frowned over the practice by some Igbo parents who train few of their children to the university level and depriving some others in favour of business, saying such act was not in the interest of national development
The minister also noted that in the North, many parents fail to send their wards to school because it does not guarantee automatic employment, arguing that it was better to be educated and be unemployed than to be uneducated and unemployed.
on his part, The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc Sonny Echono said that the Federal Government strongly believes that the future of the country belong to the youth, describing the desire of the Igbo Youth Assembly to promote national integration as patriotic.
He also noted the commitment of the federal government towards addressing the infrastructure needs in the South East.
Earlier, President of the Igbo Youth Assembly, Mr. Benard Nwaudunna, said the group was a Pan-Igbo Socio- Cultural Youth Organisation, geared towards contributing meaningfully to peace, unity, education and national integration of Nigeria.
According to him, youth education is necessary for attainment of their objective, stressing that it was not the exclusive preserve of Federal Ministry of Education, but a responsibility for all.
To this end, he said that a campaign programme “Use Education To Kill Corruption” had been launched at Boys Secondary School Ezzamgbo, Ebonyi State and Government Secondary School Amanze, Obowo in Imo State.