Mrs. Laoye-Tomori stated this after receiving, on behalf of the state government, a cheque of five hundred thousand Naira (500,000) presented by the LASACO Insurance Plc led by its Managing Director, Mr. Olusola Ladipo Ajayi, in support of the state’s school feeding programme of the Aregbesola administration, O’MEAL, held at the state government house, Osogbo, the state capital.
The state Deputy Governor said records available to the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola at its inception in October 2010 stated that only three percent of secondary school students from schools in the state qualified for matriculation into the university.
She said ways to correct this anomaly and other rotten found in the state’s education sector led the state government to convey an education summit for stakeholders in the education sector of the state of Osun in February 2011.
Acoording to the Deputy Governor, the sector has been repositioned and improved tremendously as more than forty-three percent of students who finished from public schools in the state are now qualified for matriculation into universities of their choice.
Mrs Laoye-Tomori said the state’s school feeding programme is in line with the United Nations Education Scientific Cultural Organization ‘s (UNESCO) recommendation noting that the programme has led to an increase in school enrolment geometrically as the state now has the highest number of elementary school enrolment in the country.
Mrs. Laoye-Tomori disclosed that the present administration committed over N3.6 billion to O’MEAL programme annually adding that commercial activities of the state has witnessed a lot of transformation following the introduction of the O’MEAL programme as over o1,000 female farmers, 1,500 farmers and over 3,000 food vendors have been empowered through O’MEAL.
Recommending the programme to other states in the federation to curb the menace of out -of -school children, the state Deputy Governor appealed to other well meaning Nigerians and corporate organisations to partner with the state government in the people’s oriented programme saying Governor Aregbesola led administration is poised at taking education to the next level in the state of Osun.
Earlier in his remark, Managing Director of LASACO Insurance Plc, Mr. Olusola Ladipo Ajayi, said management of the insurance giant was happy to identify with the state government in her quest of making elementary available to all categories of children irrespective of the financial status of their parents.
Mr. Ajayi said education is the best legacy every right thinking parent could give to his or her children as it is a step to secure their future saying life without qualitative education could be devoid of notable and worthy future.
He thereafter urged the state government to put the money into better use as it was meant to appreciate and commend the giant stride being taken by the present administration to make illiteracy a thing of the past in the state of Osun.