…As he Commissions Osogbo Govt High School
By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo
The President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari, has reiterated his administration’s commitment towards ensuring that the moribund state of country’s education sector is resuscitated.
President Buhari who said his government was on a rescue mission to make Nigeria a prosperous, thereby commended the Osun state governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for treading the path towards enhancing the socioeconomic and political lives of the citizenry through the provision of functional education.
President Buhari stated this on Thursday in Osogbo, Osun state capital, during a-day presidential visit to the state for the official commissioning of the Osogbo Government High School, Osogbo.
Expressing his determination towards making education affordable for all, Buhari said the present administration was highly determined at bringing back the lost glory of education sector, saying that was why 10 percent of the national budget was voted to revive the rot in the education system in the country.
The President who noted that the All Progressive Congress, APC led government has been unrelently given priority to education said “efforts are in place to make Osun and other states of the federation achieve their various desires and goals in education sector”.
He described the newly commissioned high school as an “educational monument” and a “legacy project”, capable of creating unquantifiable future for the present and incoming generation.
He commended Aregbesola for abiding by the APC’s manifestos on education policy just as he urged other governors to emulate the Osun governor.
“What we are witnessing here is a display of patriotism to the party’s manifesto by the governor. There should be a substantial commitment of energy and dedication to education by government at all levels,” he added.
The president subsequently appealed to Nigerians to persevere with the current challenges experienced in the country.
He said, “Change is never achieved by bed of roses but through patience and perseverance. We are dedicated to restore integrity into the country, improve the condition of people and make the country a prosperous one.”
President Buhari who commended the people of the state for their continued support, said the people in the state have always been the pillar to his political pursue.
Buhari said the purpose of state creation is to bring the leaders of government closer to the people for clear development, to promote patriotic tendencies and as well engender self-sufficiency, stressing that, “Osun government has demonstrated what good governance stands for”.
While delivering his speech titled, ‘For a bright today and a glorious future’ Osun Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, said that President Buhari has not disappointed Nigerians with his performance.
Aregbesola who commended Buhari for his transparent leadership, said, “he has not disappointed us. He has faced his task with courage and doggedness. No doubt, he is facing some challenges part of which is the fall in revenue that has put about 28 states under severe financial crisis”.
“He continues with a rare sense of doggedness and faith in God as he faces the turbulent situations. We are satisfied with the way he manages the affairs of the state (country) and leads us. The challenges we are facing are as a result of the previous party’s (Peoples Democratic Party, PDP) rape of our resources.
Stating that the President was accountable, Aregbesola said, “When we were coming, the president asked me how we got the resources to do all these. I looked at him carefully and replied ‘God’ and ‘you’.”
Aregbesola, who estimated the cost of the project as N1.35bn, said the elementary school has standard facilities.
Among the facilities, he said, the school possessed is classrooms, offices, laboratories, toilets, library, bookshop, sick bay, and multi-purpose hall which can accommodate 1000 students for examinations.
He said, “It is part of our party manifesto to provide basic education and you can see that in the way All Progressives Congress governed states pay so much attention and commitment to education.
“When we came in here at Osun, we first held an education submit headed by Prof. Wole Soyinka. Now, we have built 14 elementary schools, 15 middle schools and 11 high schools.”
Minister of Communications, Shittu Adebayo, commended the state of education infrastructure in Osun State.
He noted that such standard infrastructure existed in few place around the world.
He said, “I must commend the infrastructure I met here. I don’t this exist in many places of the world that I have visited. I am proud that someone is replicating the legacies of Obafemi Awolowo, especially his legacies of quality education.
“There is no child that will come here and won’t feel very much at home. I recommend this for other governors to emulate.”
A former governor of the state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, said the president’s visit would serve as a challenge to the state government to intensify efforts in improving education level.
Describing the visit and reception of the president as overwhelming, he said, “The implication of this visit is that it is an assessment on the state of education and it is a charge to do more.”
He, however, urged users of the infrastructure on adequate maintenance.
He said, “This edifice is not for today alone. It will also serve future purposes. We must improve on our maintenance culture. We will monitor and ensure discipline in the maintenance of public infrastructures.
“I will implore that special funds should be set aside for the maintenance of public infrastructures.”
During the visit, President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned the newly built Osogbo Government High School, Osogbo, which has 3,000 students capacity.
The visit and commissioning of the school was part of the activities to mark Osun State 25th year’s anniversary.
The visit held amidst tight security and presence of dignitaries such as the Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, Borno State Governor, Ibrahim Shetima, senators, members federal House of Assembly, Lagos and Osun Houses of Assembly speakers, among other dignitaries from Osun, Lagos, Oyo and Borno states.