Oyo State Government has said it will collaborate with the African Students Union Parliament (ASUP) in the fight against drug abuse across the state.
The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Nureni Adeniran, stated this on Wednesday, while receiving the leaders of ASUP, who were on a courtesy visit to his office in Ibadan.
Speaker of the Parliament, Rt. Hon. Kewul Abel, from University of Professional Studies, Accra, Ghana, asked the Oyo State Government to support the union’s ongoing sensitization programme against drug abuse across the African continent, urging the state to include fight against drugs in its curriculum.
He further said that the collaboration aims to successfully curtail the drug menace in Africa, adding that it became necessary due to the rising cases of illegal consumption of prohibited substances, especially among youths.
The Speaker noted that there was an urgent need for the present crop of African leaders, especially in the education sector to build on the dreams of the founding fathers of the union, in order to salvage the decay in the education sector.
Meanwhile, the Union has honoured Adeniran with the prestigious Icon of Nation Building Award.
Presenting the award, Abel said that the recipient, whose rise through his chosen endeavours as an educationist, lawyer and politician has been an inspiration to many.
Abel added that Adeniran is a leader and role model with an incomparable inspiration, adding “whose name will go down in history as one of the most celebrated and most impactful leaders of our time.”
Recounting Adeniran’s several exploits in the public service, the Speaker said that ASUP cherishes his achievements, which is a morale booster for younger ones.
In his remarks, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Joseph Konan, from Univerisite Felix Houpouet Boigny, Cote d’Ivoire, praised the efforts of Adeniran in promoting basic education sector in Oyo State.
He urged the SUBEB boss not to relent in his quest to create an enabling environment for the younger generation, where the less privileged can have access to basic education, saying “this will further etch his name in the sands of history.”
He explained that the awardee was carefully selected by an international committee of students across Africa, due to his achievements in the basic education sub-sector he supervises.
Responding, Adeniran, who expressed the Board’s readiness to work with the Union in tackling drug abuse, noted that SUBEB has put some necessary measures in place to curb any form of vices including drug abuse across the state.
The SUBEB boss thanked the ASUP for the honour that was bestowed on him, dedicating it to his principal, Governor Seyi Makinde, whom he said gave him the enabling environment to operate.
He also expressed his profound gratitude to the Board, Management and staff of SUBEB for their unrelenting support and sacrifices at ensuring that the vision of the Board is kept alive.
As an Icon of Nation Building, Dr. Adeniran was given a ASUP Five-Star General Badge and a matching certificate.
It would be recalled that the West African Students Union (WASU), now African Students Union Parliament (ASUP) was formed in London in 1925 by Sir Kwame Nkrumah and presently has an estimated 50 million African students under its umbrella.