Benue state Governor Dr. Samuel Ortom has pledged to restore history as compulsory subject in the state.
The Governor was speaking in Makurdi at ‘Media Week and Communications Day 2021’ organized by the Directorate of Social Communications, Catholic Diocese of Makurdi.
He said- “Removing the subject History from the country’s school curriculum is an evil agenda to prevent the young generation from knowing their past.”
“Even if Nigeria won’t restore the study of history to the school curriculum, we in Benue will initiate a legislation to make history a compulsory subject in schools in the state.
“Our children need to know how their forefathers lived on this land hundreds of years ago. Our children need to know what took place at Ushongo Hills in 1804 and why this land and our people were not conquered till this day.”
Ortom appreciated the church and Muslims in the state as well as residents for being supportive of his administration just as he acknowledged the good reportage of government policies and programmes by the Directorate of Social Communication, Catholic Diocese of Makurdi.
He noted that his government will commence teaching vernacular in schools in the next academic session, adding that children must be trained and supported to inculcate reading in them, even as he described communication as key in society.
The Catholic Bishop of Makurdi Diocese, Most Reverend Wilfred Anagbe, while speaking said, social communication was meant to uplift humanity and the society, emphasising that it remains a positive aspect of reality of life and not the other way round.