Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends.
Just like most subject matters, education may not enjoy a definite and generally acceptable conceptualization, but a concise definition that suits our purpose is given here. Note that by the above definition, education is a process and not an end.
In a more practical term, education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It is being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you need to know and knowing how to use the information you get.
Education, then beyond all other devices of human origin, is the greater equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance wheel of the social machinery.
Hence, the aim of education is to teach us how to think, rather than what to think. That is why the educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
It needs not to be reiterated that education plays a pivotal role in effective leadership. For the purpose of comparison, we all can attest to the marked difference between countries of the world led by educated leaders and those led by school drop outs and the uneducated.
A country will continue to experience underdevelopment and all it’s attendant negative consequences so long as she has uneducated leaders at the helm of affairs, moreso that education is the chief defence of nations
Permit me to use an anecdote for clearer illustration. If you are planning for a year, you plant a seed, if for ten years you plant a tree, but if you are planning for a hundred years you teach the people. When you sow a seed once you will reap a single harvest, when you teach the people, you will reap a hundred harvests.
The lack of adequate education and learning has led to the relegation of leadership ethics in Nigeria today.
The ethics of leadership entails the pious morals and justicable actions to project the interest of the general good.
The ethics of leadership frown at corruption, treachery, looting, violation of human rights, self aggrandization etc. Proper education of our leaders will go a long way to address these anomalies.
I will like at this juncture to call on all authorities of learned institutions to galvanize efforts for the pursuit of all those goals that guarantee academic excellence just as I will also want to call on the various governments in the country, to pay realistic attention to uplifting our education in this country through proper funding, restructuring of curricular etc.
The giant stride of governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) in Lagos in the education sector should serve as a model to be emulated by other societies.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, let me end my speech with the eternal statement of an author, James Madison, learned institutions ought to be favourite objects with every five persons. They throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against crafty and dangerous encroachment on the public liberty’.
Eko o ni baje!
Thank you and God bless you all.
Comrade Ayodele Adewale
Mayor, Amuwo Odofin Local Government