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- Published on Thursday, 03 June 2010 20:59
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Creation Belongs to the Old Generation; Innovation Belongs to the New Generation
Presidential Speech by Rev. Dr. Titus K. Oyeyemi to the 5TH Induction Ceremony of the KAIROS Peace and Love Club, MAPOLY Chapter. At NUJ Iwe Irohin Hall, Oke Ilewo,
Picture: Rev. Dr. Titus K. Oyeyemi (Author)
Greeting and all protocols observed. I felt so elated to send you these few words at your fifth induction ceremony taking place today at prestigious NUJ Iwe Irohin Hall, Oke Ilewo,
KAIROS Peace and Love Clubs founded seven years ago in institutions of higher learning such as polytechnics, colleges of education and universities, is not only becoming an important perpetual force to reckon with for campus peace in Nigeria, but it is rapidly becoming a perihelion star; divinely created to shine its starlight and to usher in peace and harmony into the hands, hearts and heads of young students across the Nigerian Nation. I rejoice that MAPOLY KAIROS has written in bold letters and bright colors five out of the seven years story of KAIROS Peace and Love Clubs on Nigerian campuses.
Let me use this occasion therefore to call on the inductees to join their hands, hearts and heads with the executives and members to take MAPOLY KAIROS to new heights in the years to come. As depicted by the topic of this short message, creation belongs to the older generation, but innovation belongs to the newer generation. I will be looking forward to seeing how the inductees of today will contribute innovations to MAPOLY KAIROS in the years to come.
Let me call your attention to some facts of creation and innovation. It is a known fact that anything created needs sustenance for survival. But without innovation, survival will be dull, boring; a mere existence devoid of any form of promise. However innovation promises advancement, development and progress. Imagine for a moment how innovation in technology, medicine, business, music, and education, have extended God’s creation to bring fulfillment to humanity on earth. In the like manner we need to bring innovation to proactive grassroots peacebuilding, Ethnoreligious and Ethnopolitical harmony.
You are the new generation who must bring innovation to your community, locality, and to humanity. You are educated so that you can innovate. As a new generation, you should learn how to appreciate the older generations and with your sense of appreciation shall come the ability to innovate for future generations. Beyond the security of a meal ticket, your education is to make you an innovator. Whatever is your major or discipline; you are being challenged to innovate. It can no longer be business as usual, because without business innovation there will be no increase in GPD or economic growth. It can no longer be politics as usual, because without political innovation there will be no social comfort, social satisfaction, or societal goods such as good education, good roads, good infrastructures. Without religious innovation there will be no Ethnoreligious and Ethnopolitical peace and harmony. Without innovation on campuses of higher learning, the seat of knowledge and engine of progress, there will be no youth peace and nation building.
We are innovating at APPLI/AFPLI and I am using this occasion to call you to join our train of innovation and innovators. In addition to our Youth Peace and Nation Building Programs, we have introduced SAMS (Students Acquiring Media Skills); we have launched two educational institutions, the TimeOn KAIROS Peace Institute and the TimeOn KAIROS System of Community Colleges, to name a few. God willing, this year’s International Day of Peace (IDP) will be celebrated state-wide in Lagos State Schools. With all these innovations, I can assure you that the best is yet to come. Happy Induction. Peace. Shalom. KAYERO! KAYEROJU! CCH-5-14-2010 Titus K. Oyeyemi.