EDITORIAL: Osun Setting The Pace In Education

For several years to come the tangible achievements of Ogbeni Aregbesola’s administration in the state of Osun especially in education sector will continue to be appreciated by those who value education as the bedrock of growth and development in any society. The massive investment in education by Ogbeni’s administration tells much about Osun’s helmsman’s belief…”
Gbolahan Yusuf
September 8, 2016 8:51 am

For several years to come the tangible achievements of Ogbeni Aregbesola’s administration in the state of Osun especially in education sector will continue to be appreciated by those who value education as the bedrock of growth and development in any society.

The massive investment in education by Ogbeni’s administration tells much about Osun’s helmsman’s belief in education as an incontrovertible and veritable means of transforming the society. For nothing surpasses human capital development in development indices. For any leadership to build a greater future for the incoming generations it must invest massively in education. Thus for the discerning minds this realisation most surely informs the passionate commitment of Mr. Governor of the state of Osun to educational advancement in his state.

Hate him or like him, no reasonable and objective mind will turn a blind eye to the tangible achievements of Ogbeni Aregbesola in the educational sector in Osun. The investment in educational infrastructure is quite noticeable; making many to marvel at such level of achievement in a state with meagre resources. Of course only a prudent manager of resources can achieve this in a state like this. Also highly commendable is the ‘O MEAL’ (free feeding) programme in the state which has also now become a federal policy. That the federal government thought it right to adopt this policy testifies much to the pace setting status of Osun in educational advancement in the country.

What’s more? Much as we cannot name all here, the free uniform to pupils is also worthy of mention. So also is the ‘Opon Imo’ (tablet of knowledge) designed and distributed free for senior secondary school students in the state so as to make them perform well in WASSCE, a programme that UNICEF also recently signified intention to copy. All this and other fantastic education promoting programmes have earned Aregbesola accolades both locally and internationally especially the state of the earth school structures. Most recent of such came from the current Minister of Health in the country, Professor Isaac Adewole who did an inspection tour of both the ongoing and completed school projects in the state of Osun recently.

In the Minister’s words; “I am very happy to see this edifices in my state and as a matter of fact, Osun has proven to be a pacesetter in educational infrastructure. This state is aggressively building extraordinary and memorable legacies in the educational system. This is a deliberate investment targeted at taking people out of poverty. As a an educationalist, I have traveled far and wide, but there’s no other place in Nigeria where public schools are constructed as being done in Osun. It’s my hope that with this innovative ideology and modernity put together to aid education system, Osun is sure of greater future…..” The minister had said this amongst others in expressing his surprise and delight at the pace of work going on in Osun in the education sector.

The above coming from the Minister and with the emulation at higher levels some of Aregbesola’s educational policies there is no disputing the fact that Osun under the leadership of Ogbeni Aregbesola has become a pace-setter as fas as policies and programmes that of lasting legacies are concerned. We can only wish him complete success!

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