The Nigerian High Commissioner to Sierra Leone has spoke about the need for the reintroduction of Civic Education in the country’s educational system.
Her Excellency Gladys Modupeola Quist-Adebiyi was speaking recently during a courtesy call at her Hill Station office in Freetown by senior officials from the National Commission for Democracy (NCD).
H.E. Quist-Adebiyi urged the NCD to work closely with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to develop a curriculum that would see civic education re-introduction.
She stated that her country was always ready to receive and support any country that knocked at its doors, and noted that Sierra Leone contributed immensely towards the growth and development of Nigeria, which is why whatever support they are rendering was only paying Sierra Leone back.
With regard issues raised by the NCD, the Nigerian envoy said Sierra Leone and Nigeria have special ties that cannot be broken and therefore assured their commitment to ensuring that Sierra Leone’s democracy is deepened.
She encouraged the NDC delegation to put their concerns on paper and forward it to her office, with the assurance that she would do her best to pass the Commission’s concern to the rightful authorities in Nigeria for assistance.
NCD Chairman, Dr. Abubakar H. Kargbo, informed the top Nigeria diplomat that his Commission came into being as a result of international pressure on the then National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC) junta as a wagon that would transform the country from the governing military regime to a full fledge and effective democratic state.
He continued that the commission was at the initial stage established by an NPRC Decree No. 15 of 1994 and subsequently by an Act of Parliament No 3 of 1996, charged with the responsibility of public education on democratic good governance vis-à-vis creating and sustaining awareness within the society on the principles and objectives of the constitution as the foundational law of the land.
“The commission has the constitutional mandate to educate residents and institutions about their civic rights and responsibilities with the aim of projecting the sovereignty of the state. We have been very effective to this call and doing our best with limited resources in our disposal,” he said.
Dr. Kargbo said the commission is currently constrained with capacity building and connectivity, ranging from vehicles with Public Address System to twining democratic institutions in Nigeria with the NCD.