Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has made a passionate call for the promotion of public school education in Nigeria, saying that the children of the poor deserve to go to good school.
Aregbesola made the call at the inauguration of the Ayedaade Government High School, Ikire by the Minister for Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu.
He said that public school, populated by children of the downtrodden, should be developed, made attractive and standardised for quality education delivery to them.
The governor called on all governments to invest in public school education if the nation wants to have peace and move forward.
He said that his administration decided to invest in the public school education because of the realisation that a failure to this, “is planning for a future of doom”.
The governor who emphasised that the past glory of public schools needed to be rekindled for the benefit of all noted that public school buildings used to be the best structures in the community before past governments neglected it.
“I am convinced that the future of our state is secured because we have invested so much to upgrade public school structures in Osun.
“If all governments decide to turn a blind eye on the education of the downtrodden then the future of the nation is doomed.
“We all know that public school structures used to be the best in the communities where people of my age bracket grew up before it was neglected by past governments.
“We seriously need to bring back the lost glory of our public schools because that is where we have the majority of pupils and they also deserve the best.
“This is why this administration has been investing hugely in the education sector,” the governor said.
The governor also used the occasion to call on parents to join the government in the maintenance of the new school buildings for the benefit of all by paying the token amount which the school administrators will use for the purpose.
While inaugurating the project, Malam Adamu remarked that the Federal Ministry of Education was always proud of what the governor has achieved in the education sector in Osun.
“The future of the state is definitely secured because the present administration is investing into the future of the state through education.
“What I have seen on the ground in Osun is not found in any state of the federation, it is really unprecedented,” the minister said.
He noted that the education policies of Osun Stater were in tandem with that of the federal government, which aims at improving school enrolment.
Adamu said that Aregbesola had turned the state into a true metropolitan state emphasised that what the administration of the present government has done in the education sector is more than that of any state.
He cited the construction of modern school structures and the school feeding programme as laudable educational policies that have boosted educational development in the state.
Adamu explained that Aregbesola “is steering the ship of the state to achieving meaningful growth and development through various policies aimed at improving the state’s education sector.
“I am old enough to have experienced what the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo did and achieved in the education sector during his time.
“Awolowo ensured that every child no matter the background gets the best of education. Aregbesola is rekindling that today through what he is doing in the education sector.
“The school feeding programme which Aregbesola started fully and the modern school structures being built is enough to increase enrolment in school and that is what the federal ministry of education is clamouring for.”.
From Saheed Adeyemi, Osogbo