The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere has urged stakeholders in Nigerian education system to consider making history as a compulsory subject in the academic curricular.
According to a press release signed by the Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Uche Onwuchekwa, Prince Madumere made this appeal during the opening ceremony of the 6th South East Regional Conference of the Historical Society of Nigeria with the theme; Historicizing Population Census in Nigeria: Issues and Challenges yesterday in the main auditorium, Imo State University, Owerri, Imo State.
Prince Madumere further averred that history as source through which generational leaders are equipped for effective decisions and policy making.
Speaking on the theme of the conference, the number two citizen of Imo State commended the leadership of the Historical Society of Nigeria for choosing to inquire into the shortcomings and challenges of the last head counts in Nigeria with a view to proffering solutions towards a more accurate and satisfactory census. He said the discourse will even be more useful since Nigeria Population Commission is dusting her files towards conducting another census for the country.
He further emphasized on the importance of census in planning and National Development. He therefore called described the theme in his words in part, “the theme is very apt and cannot be appreciated at a more expedient time than now”.
Prince Madumere however used the opportunity to enumerate some of the achievements of Owelle Rochas Okorocha led Rescue Mission Government especially the area of free education from primary to tertiary level, which Imo State University is one, he said.
The occasioned witnessed the presence of the Vice Chancellor of Imo State University, Professor Adaobi Obasi, President of the Historical Society of Nigeria, Prof. Christopher Ogbogbo, Vice President of the Historical Society of Nigeria, South East, Prof. Egondu Uchendu, Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Prof. Nwadike J, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Imo State University and others.
High point of the event was a mind blowing drama by the undergraduates of Imo State University, bringing to reality how Europeans subjugated African continent through slavery and colonization. Imo shortly after calling on the Imo State University Students having known how it all began charged the students to turn the table around through hard work declared the Conference open.