The Sierra Leonean High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Henry Macaulay, on Thursday called on Nigerians to assist in developing the education sector in his country.
Macaulay, represented by Mr. James Lebbie, the First Secretary, Sierra Leone High Commission, made the call at the presentation of a book entitled, “The Executive in You,” in Lagos.
The author of the book is a Sierra-Leonean, Dr. Patrick Lukulay.
He is the Vice- President of the United States Pharmacopeia’s Global Health Impact Programmes.
Macaulay said Nigeria had been a big brother to Sierra Leone in its years of conflicts.
He said, “We are looking forward to meaningful Nigerians to go and invest in education and other spheres of life in Sierra Leone, to bring back its past glory.
“Nigeria has always been a big brother to our country, they have been by us, stood by us during our years of conflict.
“We are really grateful and we look forward to getting more assistance from Nigeria,” he said.
The Director-General of National Agency For Food and Drug Administration and Control, Dr. Paul Orhii, commended Lukulay for his book.
“Lukulay championed the cause of making quality medicines available everywhere in his country and beyond and he is still doing a lot to collaborate with NAFDAC,” Orhii said.
The DG likened Lukulay’s success to the quality of education he had.
“His mind is summarised in his book today; that is what good quality education can do, which is what lots of children don’t enjoy,” he said.
He urged wealthy Nigerians to go back to their alma mater to find ways of assisting the pupils in having quality education.
The founder, Centre for Value in Leadership, Prof. Pat Utomi, advised young people to tap from the experience of the author to harness their potential.
Utomi, a political economist and management expert, charged youths not to despise their humble beginnings in their quest for success.
According to Utomi, Africa has yet to develop because a lot of youths are struggling to become great in a jiffy, instead of steadily rising up the ladder of success.
He highlighted hard work, integrity, perseverance and selflessness as qualities that would guarantee one’s success.
Lukulay, said there was the need for successful people to mentor youths and remain humble in the face of their achievements.
He said the book was a reminder to young people that it was their moral responsibility to harness the qualities in them. (NAN)