The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Alhaji Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, has urged that Nigeria’s education system be more focused on areas of Science and Technology.
He made the call in Sokoto while attending a reception held in his honour alongside five other alumni of the school by the Government Technical College, Farfaru-Sokoto Old Boys’ Association over the weekend.
Idris said:” The world is changing, evolving into a world of Science and Technology.
” Therefore, Nigeria cannot but vigorously pursue the educational system that places emphasis on Science and Technology.
” The nation’s policy makers, especially those responsible for fashioning the educational system should begin to pay attention to a school system that places premium on academics, as much as it does on the moral and ethical development of our youths.”
The IGP further called for concerted efforts towards educating the children to become disciplined and productive in their adulthood.
” The educational system can be made a launching pad for breeding good, disciplined, God-fearing and productive citizens.
”They will be citizens who are averse to the life of drug abuse and addiction, with its attendant crime and criminality in the society”, Idris, added.
The police boss urged Old Boys to contribute their widow’s mite to uplift the standard of the school.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad- Abubakar 111, Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido-Sanusi, Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, Emir of Lafia, Alhaji Isah Mustapha -Agwai 1 were among hundreds of personalities who graced the occasion.
In his remarks, Sultan of Sokoto, represented by the Magajin Rafi Sokoto, Alhaji Rilwanu Bello, commended the organizers for a successful ceremony, urging all and sundry to always support alma maters.
According to him, “we should not forget our foundation, as anything you become in life it is the foundation that established it.” He urged that “people should endeavour to assist their old school to move education forward”.
It will be recalled that the IGP graduated from the school in 1977 in the defunct North western state,with headquarters in Sokoto.
The Emir of Kano was represented by District Head of Gwarzo, Alhaji Kabiru Bayero, while Emirs of Awe and Adudu in Nasarawa state, Alhaji Alhaji Abdullahi Mohammed and Alhaji Abdullahi Umar, respectively were in attendance.
Others who attended the occasion include: Deputy Gov. of Niger State, Alhaji Mohammed Ahmed Ketso representing Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, as well as representatives of the Governors of Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi States.