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Fayose commends FG, Tinubu call for over reintroduction of history in school curriculum

By Lere Olayinka
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Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has commended the federal

government and the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader,

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for aligning with his position on the need to

reintroduce History in the school curriculum.
Governor Fayose, had early September, directed that History be

reintroduced in schools in Ekiti State, noting that; “Ekiti people

must learn from past events to have a better future.”

Last week Thursday, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu,

while declaring open, the ministerial session of the 61st National

Council on Education (NCE), in Abuja, called for disarticulation of

Social Studies and reintroduction of History as a subject in the

current Basic Education curriculum, adding that there was the urgent

need to give the Nigerian children character.
Also yesterday, Tinubu, made a strong case for the return of History

as a subject in the country’s school curriculum, saying any nation

which forgets its past has lost a beacon to guide its actions. He said

this in a short remark after reviewing the book, entitled Muhammadu

Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria, at the International

Conference Centre, Abuja.
In his reaction, Governor Fayose, who spoke through his Special

Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said

he was happy that those holding power in Abuja listened to what he

said on September 2, 2016 on the need to reintroduce History in our

schools.
He described the removal of History as a subject from the current

Education curriculum as a mistake that should be corrected without

further delay.
“I have consistently maintained that democracy is about those in power

listening to the people because the power of the people is greater

than the power of those in power and I am glad that on this one, they

listened.
“The reality we must all face is that no society can progress without

reference to its pasts, and one of the reasons our value system has

been so bastardised is that we no longer talk about our past. We no

longer tell our children what our past leaders did either wrongly or

rightly.”
Speaking further, Governor Fayose said; “When we were growing up, we

were made to read about great leaders of our nation like Obafemi

Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Tafawa Balewa, Ahmadu Bello, Aminu Kano, King

Jaja of Opobo and so on. We read what made them great and that shaped

our lives.”
While admonishing those holding power at the federal level to listen

more to the opposition, Governor Fayose said; “When we speak, the

impression should not always be that we hate President Mohammadu

Buhari and his government. Rather, it should be about how beneficial

is what we say to the country.”