It was a slightly cloudy Friday morning in Lagos. The streets looked normal – the traffic, cacophonous sound, the siren-blasting security vehicles; with vendors and hawkers dotting the major roads. As one veered off the expressway into one of the feeder roads Ajah, a Lagos suburb, a more euphonious sound faded in with an increasing decibel as one moved closer to the premises of Sunglee Formation School, Ajah, Lagos, the venue of the Day observance.
With funfair, over 200 students from Basic to Senior Secondary level presented country information of selected UN member States including recitation of their National Anthems, which drew a resounding applause from the guests. Of particular note was the drama presentation hinged on ‘The importance of community cooperation in fostering peace’ staged by the students.
The UN Day observance had started a day earlier with the visit to Falomo Senior High School, Ikoyi Lagos where over 50 students were engaged to discuss the United Nations and its works, as part of activities marking the 2014 United Nations (UN) Day.
In his message on the 2014 UN Day, the UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, called for reaffirmation of commitment to the marginalized and vulnerable.
The message read on his behalf by the Senior Public Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Envera Selimovic, added that everyone should ‘work in common cause for the common good.’
Selimovic charged the students to always be of good behaviour and worthy ambassadors of their families in order to excel in life.
Speaking on the occasion, the Proprietress of Sunglee Foundation Schools, Mrs Caroline Olaniyi, noted that global peace began with individual families and therefore, called on everyone to be instruments for promoting peace.
The Secretary General’s message was also translated into Yoruba Language and shared with the students of Falomo Senior High School and a live radio audience on ‘Faaji 106.5 FM Lagos by the National Information Officer of UNIC, Oluseyi Soremekun.