Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on Tuesday commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for creating sound learning environment and laying good foundation quality education through construction and equipping of mega schools located across the three Senatorial districts of the state. Mallam Adam, who was represented by Professor Kamoru Olayiwola Usman at the opening ceremony and commencement of learning in Ataoja Government High School, Osogbo and other public schools named after Professor Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate and others, requested other state governments to emulate such an investment undertaken by Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
The Minister said the federal government and the Federal Ministry of Education are proud of Aregbesola’s efforts in education sector, saying education should not be limited to a situation when a person can only read and write, but how such person can impact positively on the larger society. He held that Osun in no distant future will enjoy the seed that has been sown by the present administration with the building of the state-of-the-art schools constructed across the state.
According to him, “If we want to forestall what happened in Ife, we must continue to educate our people by making sure that we build more schools with an atmosphere that is conducive to learning.”
Speaking earlier, the Deputy Governor, Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori stated that the motive of Osun Government is to make the new High Schools centre of excellence that will produce students that are excellent in academic performance and will be grounded in the Omoluabi ethos. She also added that in line with Aregbesola’s desire to have the best teachers in the state High schools, the Governor has approved 20 per cent salary increment, and dressing allowance for all the teachers and principals in the new high schools.
The Deputy Governor further stressed that the new schools principals will also be entitled to official cars, iPads among other things.
According to her, “These intensive interventions in the education sector constitute huge capital expenditure to which Mr. Governor is fully committed come rain or shine, economic recession or depression notwithstanding.
“Mr. Governor considers no amount of money too much to invest in the lives and future of our children in Osun,” she noted.
The Head Girl of the Ataoja Government High School, Eegunranti Victoria, described Aregbesola as “the Awolowo of our time” and a governor who has made the impossible to be possible.