The former United States President, Mr. Bill Clinton, Tuesday urged Nigeria to invest more efforts to tackle the problems of insecurity in the country. Mr. Clinton, the special guest at the 18th edition of the THISDAY Awards, which held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, said in his address at the event, attended by a galaxy of personages, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo, that the Federal Government should tackle the myriads of problems, including insecurity, facing the nation by making universal education available to the youth as well as addressing the problem of poverty.
As part of the ceremony, 15 teachers, from the primary to tertiary level, were honoured for their dedication to duty under the theme ‘Celebrating Nigeria’s Best Teachers’. Ten others, including renowned industrialist, Mr. Oba Otudeko, retired Catholic Archbishop of Lagos Diocese, Olubunmi Cardinal Okogie, and Second Republic Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, were conferred with the Life-time Achievement Awards.
Clinton, who made his fourth appearance at the THISDAY Awards, explained that education is key in dealing with the challenges facing Nigeria and the entire world, adding that with the benefit of education, people could take charge of their lives and contribute positively to the development of their countries, especially by taking advantage of Information Communication Technology (ICT).
He said: “It is an age where if we are sufficiently educated, we can be empowered, but with enormous challenges. First of all, all of these new opportunities technology had given us have not yet succeeded in automatically reducing poverty and inequality of opportunities in accessing education, health care. It is a global phenomenon.
We have to find a way through education, through the information technology revolution to change the way we produce and consume energy and to change the way we use local resources in a way that sustains them. We have to know how to do this and do it right. And in every case, education will play a major role whether in developed or developing countries.