The deputy governor of Osun State, Otunba (Mrs) Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori has described the contributions of the church to the socio-political and educational development of the nation over the years as invaluable. Otunba Laoye-Tomori said this at the commissioning of Aquados Water Factory, established by the Anglican Communion of Osun Diocese, in Osogbo, last Wednesday.
The deputy governor stated that it was glaring that the church had assisted tremendously in the socio-political and educational development of the nation and its contribution could not be overemphasised. Lauding the initiative of the Anglican Diocese of Osun in the establishment of the water factory, the deputy governor stated that the diocese had contributed its own quota to the economic development of Osun State, describing it as a commendable initiative that would go a long way in creating job opportunities for the unemployed youths in the state.
Speaking on behalf of the deputy governor, the state Commissioner for Environment and Sanitation, Professor Olubukola Oyawoye, hinted that the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola was out to reduce the dominance of the public sector in Nigerian economy and develop a viable, dynamic, highly motivated and responsible private sector partnership in the state.She therefore called on the willing private investors interested in joint partnership ventures with the current administration on development, to come up with feasible proposals for such ventures.
The two-in-one occasion was also marked with commissioning of classrooms at the Diocesan Nursery and Primary School, situated at the Bishops’ Court, Osogbo, the state capital. At the commissioning, the deputy governor stated that Osun State has allocated a total sum of N8.9 billion, representing 16.7 percent of its capital budget on education.
Moreso, she stated that the government has embarked on building state-of-the-arts schools across the state, to replace the dilapidated school buildings spread across the state.
Otunba Laoye-Tomori added that the current administration in the state has reduced the exorbitant tuition fees imposed on students of all the stated-owned higher institutions by the immediate-past administration in the state and also made payment of WAEC and NABTEB examination fees, for all final year students in all secondary schools and Technical Colleges in the state.
In addition, she also revealed that the state has introduced free lunch to all pupils in public primary schools, from primary one to three, adding that soon, computer laptops would be distributed to all students in SSI to SS3 in all public secondary schools in the state.