The Governor of Borno, Alhaji Kashim Shettima and his Kebbi State counterpart, Atiku Abubakar Bagudu have passed vote of confidence on their colleague in Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola saying achievements recorded by his administration could be emulated by other governors in the country.
The two northern governors who spoke at the weekend described Osun education system as one of the best in the world.
A statement signed by Mr Semiu Okanlawon, the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the office of the Governor quoted the two governors while speaking as guests at the official commissioning of Islamic Centre for Research and Human Development, a project of an Islamic group, the Ja’amatul Ta’awunil Musleem, in Iwo area of the state.
The centre was built by the religious organization in recognition of Governor Aregbesola’s commitment to education.
The northern governors said no state in Nigeria has done what Aregbesola did in education sector.
The duo noted that Osun has not only revolutionalised education system in the country but also democratized education for easy accessibility by common citizens.
The governors, who described Osun education system as a model, said Governor Aregbesola has set the pace for others in the education sector to thrive.
The two northern governors commended his commitment to human and capital development, saying Aregbesola has made them proud in all sectors.
Particularly, the two governors said what is unique about Aregbesola’s sterling performance is the very lean resource available to his government while putting in place the people-focused policies.
Shettima said Aregbesola has invested hugely in the youths of Osun as this is reflected in the various state-of-the-arts schools being constructed across the state.
He described Osun education as one that can compare easily and favourably in the world, saying this has been seen as a landmark achievement made by Osun government.
Shettima asserted that Osun Mega schools which according to him have been the hallmark of Governor Aregbesola’s successes cannot only stand the test of time but compare favourably with others anywhere in the world.
He said, “The people of Osun may not appreciate Aregbesola now until he leaves because it is common that good leaders are not appreciated while in power until they leave.
“He is a man who serves with passion to ensure that no one suffers even in the face of limited resources and daunting economic situations, Aregbesola has done excellently well.
In his remarks, the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola commended the Islamic group for promoting education through religion.
He said Ta’awuni has done so much in educating the society, a move which he said has helped in eliminating literacy in Iwo and its environs.
According to him, I know Ta’awunil in 2004 and the organisation has done so much in propagating Islam through the promotion of western education.
“This organisation is unique because it’s evangelism is quite different from others. The organization raises funds to support education.
“I am very happy to associate and identify with your organisation as you propagate Islam in the way the Prophet Muhammad did”, he added.