Nigeria’s Minister for Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has commended the intervention of Governor Rauf Aregbesola in the education sector, just as he said the education policies of Osun is in tandem with that of the Federal government which aims at improving school enrolment.
The Minister stated this in Ikire on Tuesday shortly after joining the governor to commission the 3,000 students capacity ultra modern Ayedaade Government High school, Ikire, State of Osun
Adamu who noted that Aregbesola has turned the state into a true metropolitan state, emphasised that what the administration of the present government has done in the education sector is more than that of any state.
He said the construction of modern school structures coupled with the school Feeding programme of the state is capable of getting out of school children back to school, which the federal ministry of education has been clamouring for.
The Minister explained that Aregbesola is steering the ship of the state to achieving meaningful growth and development through various policies aimed at improving the state’s education sector, stressing that any state that gets the education sector right is on the path to development.
He said, “I am old enough to have experienced what the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo did and achieved in the education sector during his time. Awolowo ensured that every child no matter the background gets the best of education. Aregbesola is rekindling that today through what he is doing in the education sector.
“The school feeding programme which Aregbesola started fully and the modern school structures being built is enough to increase enrolment in school and that is what the federal ministry of education is clamouring for.
“What Aregbesola has done in the state and in the education sector can only be achieved by a determined governor and one that truly has the passion to do well for the masses.
“The Federal ministry of education is always proud of what the governor has achieved in the education sector in Osun, what Aregbesola has done to education in Osun is wonderful and the state is firmly on the right path to development.
“The future of the state is definitely secured because the present administration is investing into the future of the state through education. What I have seen on ground in Osun is not found in any state of the federation, it is really unprecedented.”
Delivering an address, Governor of Osunt, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola called on all governments to invest in public school education if the nation wants to have peace and move forward.
He said his government decided to invest heavily in the public school education because of the realization that a failure to this is planning for a future of doom, stressing that the children of the poor also deserves to attend good schools.
The governor who emphasised that the past glory of public schools needs to be rekindled for the benefit of all, noted that public school buildings used to be the best structures in the community before past governments neglected it.
According to Aregbesola, “I am convinced that the future of our state is secured because we have invested so much to upgrade public school structures in Osun.
“If all governments decide to turn a blind eye on the education of the down trodden then the future of the nation is doomed.
“We all know that public school structures used to be the best in the communities where people of my age bracket grew up before it was neglected by past governments.
“We seriously need to bring back the lost glory of our public schools because that is where we have majority of pupils and they also deserve the best. This is why this administration has been investing hugely in the education sector”.
The governor also used the occasion to call on parents to join the government in the maintenance of the new school buildings for the benefit of all by paying the token amount which the school administrators will use for the purpose.
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