Abuja – The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, says there is the need to invest in education so as to safeguard the future of upcoming generations.
Jonathan made the remark at the launching of the N500 million fund raising of the Nigeria Air Force Officers Wives Association (NAFOWA) boarding school in Abuja on Friday.
According to her, the school is not only important to the future of children, but critical to the future and development of the country.
She said: “an investment in education is an investment in the future of our dear country Nigeria.”
“It has been observed that with improved education, so many other areas of human existence are positively affected.”
The president’s wife said education aside being a tool to read and write could bring about the kind of social change that would benefit humanity.
“Education goes beyond mere learning how to read and write. It is a tool that can bring about the kind of social change that will benefit all of humanity.”
“Making education accessible to all is very essential to bringing about social progress.”
“Through education, girls and boys are equipped with critical skills to help them realise their talents and contribute meaningfully to national development,” she said.
She urged relevant stakeholders, well-meaning individuals and organisations, to complement government’s effort by investing in education to safeguard the future generation.
The NAFOWA President, Iyah Badeh, thanked donors at the event, and added that she would ensure students enrolled in the school “compete favourably with their counterparts globally.”
“The NAFOWA boarding school is aimed at complementing government’s efforts to promote education of a high order for our future leaders.”
The Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Ibrahim; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh; the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar; and captains of industry attended the occasion.