Commonwealth Day: Education minister calls for promotion of peace among members
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, made the call in Abuja at this year’s commemoration of the day.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the celebration which is “Connected Commonwealth” aimed at promoting the ideal of members.
Adamu noted that Nigeria had been at the forefront of efforts to empower women, youths and marginalised communities through various policies and programmes.
He said the programmes were to encourage inclusive education and stimulate participation in economic activities.
“This year’s celebration therefore affords us the opportunity of exploring the theme in its multiple dimensions and to bring it home to our collective responsibility to build a united and prosperous country that will be the pride of the black race and all people across the globe.
“As we join others to celebrate the commonwealth day, let us connect to the underlying aspirations of the commonwealth which is to promote peace, democracy and development,” he said.
Also, Mrs Harriet Thompson, the British Deputy Commissioner to Nigeria, who read the Queen’s message said the Commonwealth had drawn support from cooperation and support it received from other nations.
“The vision and sense of connection that inspired the signatories has stood the test of time, and the Commonwealth continues to grow, adapting to address contemporary needs.
“Today, many millions of people around the world are drawn together because of the collective values shared by the Commonwealth.
“In April last year, I welcomed the leaders of our 53 nations to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
“And we all witnessed how the Commonwealth vision offers hope, and inspires us to find ways of protecting our planet, and our people.
“We are able to look to the future with greater confidence and optimism as a result of the links that we share.
“With enduring commitment through times of great change, successive generations have demonstrated that whilst the goodwill for which the Commonwealth is renowned may be intangible, its impact is very real.
“We experience this as people of all backgrounds continue to find new ways of expressing through action the value of belonging in a connected Commonwealth.
“I hope and trust that many more will commit to doing so this Commonwealth Day.”
Also, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said the ministry was committed to promoting the ideals and values of the Commonwealth.
Onyeama, who was represented by Mr Olumide Oluyide, Director, European Affairs in the Ministry, said Nigeria had played critical roles in ensuring promotion of commonwealth ideals in line with contemporary realities.
NNN reports that the day is celebrated annually on the second Monday in March.
The Commonwealth, a voluntary association of independent sovereign states, mostly countries under the defunct British Empire, has 53 members with about 2.4 billion people.
This year’s celebration marks the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Commonwealth.
The highlight of the event was the launch of Queens Commonwealth Competition.