The Osun State Government on Sunday disclosed its readiness to commission another state-of-the-art Ilesa Government High School, in Ilesa and as well unveil the distribution of Citizens Identification Initiative Cards called “Omoluabi Cards”.
The Government made the disclosure on Sunday at a press briefing heralding the official inauguration of the Mega School, at The Governor’s office, Abere, Osogbo.
The school according to the state government is in furtherance of the Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s education revolution, reclassification and remodelling.
Addressing the media, the Commissioner for Education, Mr Kolawole Omotunde-Young, ably supported by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Education, Mr Niyi Idowu and Dr Romoke Raji, the SSA to the Governor on Technical and Vocational Education, said the commissioning of Ilesa Government High School is a clear testimony of the state’s resolve to build a complete person through the provision of functional, quality and qualitative education.
He said the present administration has invested larger chunks of its resources on education; a development which he said had distinguished Osun among its peers.
The Commissioner described the model schools built across the nooks and crannies of the state by the Aregbesola’s administration as one of the factors that had placed Osun above its counterparts in the country as the state’s education policy had been widely copied locally and internationally.
According to him, the commissioning of Ilesa Government High School which has been scheduled for Tuesday will be a testimonial to our determination to develop the complete person.
“We have commissioned a similar school in Osogbo and to be precise, Osogbo Government High School, which was commissioned and put into use by President Muhammadu Buhari on September 1st, 2016.
“So, the state-of-the art Ilesa Government High School which will be commissioned on Tuesday also has modern facilities, including internet, just like its counterparts in Osogbo.
“Our efforts at giving every child access to quality education have been yielding positive results since inception because it is on records that our administration met a deplorable education sector.
“When we assumed power in 2010, the schools were like zoos with dilapidated structures, deplorable facilities that cannot attract quality education, not to talk of producing versatile products.
“But we have taken education seriously. We have made education a non-negotiable priority in all we do. We have succeeded in our education reclassification and categorization as our schools today remain the model for all”, the commissioner added.
While intimating the media on the importance of Omoluabi Cards which will be flagged off and distributed to members of the public who have been registered, particularly the pupils and students on the same day, Omotunde-Young said the initiative is to generate accurate documentation of the citizens in the state.
He said the initiative will help the state to have genuine statistics of the population of the people residing in the state for the purpose of development and transformation planning.
The state Commissioner for Education however disclosed that about two million citizens have been documented so far through the initiative.
Omotunde-Young added, “the Citizen Identification Card popularly called “Kaadi Omoluabi” is to help facilitate proper citizen documentation, identification and development.
“It is designed to bring government closer to the citizens and as well make citizens to move closer to the government as the cards will give government insight into the essential needs of the populace”.