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UNILORIN:Gambari advocates Peace Education in school curricular

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A former United Nations Under Secretary, Prof Ibrahim Agboola Gambari has called for the introduction of Peace Education into the curricular at all levels of education in the country.

Gambari made the call while delivering an address entitled: “Education for peace, Democracy and Development”, at the 34th Convocation Ceremony of the University of Ilorin.

The former envoy was of the opinion education is an instrument that can lift people away from poverty.

He also called for political education to teach people on how to exercise their electoral rights.

The Former UN Undersecretary, who is now the Chancellor of the Kwara State University, described education as pre-requisite for success and the engine that would drive peace and development of the country.

He emphasised that there could not be development if there is no peace, stressing the need to respect the dignity of human life and democratic freedom of Nigerians.

While speaking on the forthcoming polls, he charged the Federal Government to allow the electoral umpire to conduct free and fair elections.

He asked political stakeholders to step up awareness in achieving peaceful election.

Gambari therefore urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to build on the achievements of 2015 general elections that improved the profile of the country in the world.

Professor Gambari also kicked against hate speech and the use of derogatory statements before, during and after the general polls.

Earlier in his welcoming address, Prof Sulyman Abdulkareem, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin advised the graduates to utilise their learned skills to overcome the dread of unemployment.

He said the essence of skills acquisition alongside the education they acquired was to make students self reliant.

Abdulkareem warned the graduates to beware of social vices induced by unemployment, such as banditry, forgery, impersonation, hooliganism, prostitution and armed robbery among others.

The VC noted that 103 graduates made First Class out 12, 108, while 2, 553 graduates made Second Class Upper, 5, 750 made Second Class Lower and 1, 660 made Third Class and 36 pass.

Also speaking at the Convocation Ceremony, Dr Jubril Oyekan, Pro-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin said Unilorin is among the most sought after University in Nigeria.

This, he explained was because of their recorded success and the uninterrupted academic session for the past 17 years.

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