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Post Conference briefing (61st Annual Conference)

7 November 2016
 
   

Dear Colleagues,
Let me begin by congratulating you all for your election/re-election to Council for the next two years (2016-2018).I also wish to congratulate you for a successful annual conference and congress meeting of the HSN in Port Harcourt. The LOC is still sorting out it finances, in due time a financial statement will be given .

In line with my briefing to Council,I proceeded to Abuja shortly after the Port Harcourt conference for the flag- off of the dis-articulation of History from the Social Studies by the Minister of Education. After the ceremonial bit, I and Dr Philip Afaha ( the Abuja liaison officer) have since remained in Abuja for the past five days putting together a History curriculum for primary 1 to JSS 3 . While both of us represented the HSN, two other historians- Prof. Suileman of BUK and Prof. Ibikunle Tijani were also invited to join the curriculum production exercise by the NERDC. The officials of NERDC were part of the team.

We have finished the first draft with NERDC officials only yesterday evening. It is in content substantially different from what we submitted in 2014. There was a need to not just make the curriculum lighter, but to be more Nigeriacentric. It is hoped that after some further processing of the curriculum, the teaching of History will begin by the next academic session. Indeed the FGN is quiet serious about implementation and has taken concrete steps to actualize its policy of returning History back to our schools.

The challenges arising from this positive move are numerous and I have pointed this out. Luckily, most colleagues that were hitherto inactive have called me and pledged their support and willingness to assist.

We need to set up a number of Committees to engage some of the challenges. These committees will of necessity include non-members of Council. We need to carry along a wider spectrum of members across the six geopolitical zones.

When I get back to my Ibadan base I will add more flesh to the idea of what Committees to constitute and their members, your input will be required.

Recall that we discussed the issue of collaborating with General Ishola Williams on the issue of the Slave Route Project. We did not have sufficient information as at then. Going forward, I like to propose a three man Committee to liaise with him and determine the nature and degree of HSN's involvement in the project. Profs. Ashafa, Kyari, & Mr. Ikpanor will be members of this Committee. They will require Prof. Olayemi Akinwumi as their resource person. His non-membership is in order to grant him time to recuperate fully.

Let me use this forum to congratulate Prof. Ochefu who added another year to his age only yesterday. Please send him your good wishes.

Lastly, we hope that a Council meeting will hold before the end of the year. After consultations, you will adequately be briefed of the dates. Thank you,
Sincerely Yours

Christopher B.N. Ogbogbo
President, Historical Society of Nigeria,
Professor & Head, Department of History,
University of Ibadan,
Ibadan, Nigeria.
Mobile Tel. no. 234-8023030901
Res. Tel. no. 234-27518868

 

 


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