By Wole Adedeji, Ilorin.
The new Director General of Michael Imoudu National Institute of Labour Studies, MlNlLS, llorin, Comrade Issa Aremu, has said the future of Africa is too important to be left to the African Union and national governments alone.
Aremu made commendation in Ilorin on Tuesday in his message to commemorate the 2021 Africa Day celebration and the celebration of President Muhammadu Buhari and other African leaders, on their commitment to peace in the continent.
This was contained in the message signed on his behalf by the Deputy Director, Special Duties/Public Relations of MINILS, Mr Emmanuel Oladipo Ojo.
Africa Day celebration is held every May 25 to commemorate the 58th anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity; the precursor to the African Union, a frontline continental body.
The new DG said, “On this special occasion, MINILS salutes the African Union, governments and peoples of our beautiful continent. MINILS identifies with the laudable work and objectives of the continental body.
“In particular, the Institute salutes President Muhammadu Buhari and other African heads of states for their inexorable commitment to the African dream, peace, prosperity and social justice.
“Africa Day is significant for the profound meaning and symbolisms which it represents. It is a celebration of the freedom of African nations from foreign domination and colonial rule.
“It is also the validation of the abundant natural and human resources and vast cultural diversity that lie within the continent.
“Again, Africa Day highlights milestones in terms of socio-economic progress of Africa and its people(s) as much as it underlines the opportunities and challenges for the continent’s transformation.”
Speaking further, the DG declared, “Agenda 2063 is the blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into the global powerhouse of the future.
“It is the continent’s strategic framework that aims to deliver on its goal for inclusive and just continent.
“There is the urgent need to integrate Agenda 2063 into the existing educational system. Africa needs education-development nexus. Indeed, education through well-educated citizens and skills revolution underpinned by science, technology and innovation is the golden key.
“Indeed, education is the glue that aggregates and channels our various transformational efforts for Africa, and the virtue that it fulfils.”
Speaking on the objectives of his Institute, Aremu said, MINILS was set “through its activities to complement the functions of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment of Nigeria and African governments, through its Training, Research, Publication and Consultancy Services.”