The Lagos State Government joined the rest of the Commonwealth countries on Monday to commemorate the Year 2019 Commonwealth Day with a cultural event for students in the six Education Districts across the State.
Speaking at the event, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Adebunmi Adekanye, explained that this year’s theme, “A Connected Commonwealth” expressed the enduring practical value and global engagement made possible as a result of the determination of our culturally diverse and widely dispersed family of nations to cooperate and work together in friendship and goodwill.
According to her, the Commonwealth as a platform has provided various opportunities for individuals, communities, organisations and member nations to promote their different cultures, tranquillity, democracy and equality among themselves.
Adekanye added that this shared value will go a long way in building bridges of mutual understanding among the 53 Commonwealth Nations and the rest of the world.
She, therefore, advised the participants to inculcate the principle behind the formation of the organisation and stay connected with friends, schoolmates and neighbours, imploring them to think about a future that holds common good for their generation.
The Permanent Secretary emphasised theneed for concerted efforts to pull down all obstacles towards building a sustainable and peaceful future that guarantees optimal development for all without inhibitions and enjoined students to imbibe the spirit of selflessness in all their endeavours.
She commended the performances by all the students and teachers from the six Education Districts, saying that the event presents a unique opportunity of getting connected and promoting our cultural heritage which will invariably foster unity.
Earlier, the Director, Co-Curricular, Mrs. Omobola Babs-Akinyeye, said the Commonwealth Day forum has become a veritable avenue for discovering hidden talents of the students while grooming existing ones.
The Director urged the students to shun violence, examination malpractices, sexual, physical & mental abuse, drug and cultism among other vices.
Highpoints of the celebration were the presentation of prizes to the winners at the event – Education District I, Agege which clinched the first position; Education District IV, Yaba came second and the third position went to Education District III, Falomo.