By Charles Akinbode
The Osun State governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, on Tuesday pledged continued commitment of his administration to raise standard of education in the state.
The governor spoke at the flag off ceremony for distribution of multi-million naira worth of instructional materials, sporting equipment, mattresses and other educational accessories by the Osun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to eight special schools and other conventional public primary and junior schools across the state.
Oyetola said his administration would always provide intervention programme through SUBEB and other educational agencies in the state to build the capacity of the young ones.
Speaking further at the event attended by hundreds of guests, including government officials, politicians, academics, education stakeholders, traditional rulers as well as students, the
governor said: “Today’s event is an affirmation of our administration’s commitment to improving the quality of the education available in our state.
“The distribution of these valuable items, cutting across educational materials, sports equipment and other relevant educational materials is a product of our concern at ensuring that our pupils get the educational value that is due and comparable to best global standards.
“You will recall that upon assumption of office, I mentioned that, part of our cardinal objectives as an administration, is to sustain strategic investment in the education sector in a manner that ensures that our pupils receive such an education that will build them into total persons who are competent contributors to the fulfillment of our vision and aspirations as a people.
“I did mention that as a product of public education myself, I know what public education was and as such, would be wholly committed to restoring that lost glory and surpassing it, in tandem with the realities of the fast-paced 21st century.”
Oyetola expressed delight that with the flag-off of the distribution of school materials to schools, his administration had gone further to consolidate on its achievements so far in the education sector.
The governor also commended the Universal Basic Commission (UBEC), Abuja “for its support and assistance to our vision on education in the state.”
He continued: “Indeed, UBEC has proved to be a dependable ally in our quest to bequeath enduring educational legacy to the incoming generations.”
Speaking earlier, the executive chairman of the Osun State Universal Education Board, Hon. Israel Famurewa, who expressed gratitude to Oyetola for always supporting the board, said that the materials, no doubt, would boost teaching and learning activities in the state.
Famurewa also said that the gesture would give the pupils in schools for special needs a sense of belonging and to bequeath quality education to the younger generation.
Explaining the rationale behind the distribution of the educational items, he said: “The materials and equipment including the availability of highly motivated and competent teachers with pedagogical skills and effective school leaders will definitely lead to achievement of school development plan which is high standard of education since education remains the key to both growth and development globally.”
Famurewa, who urged education stakeholders to join hands with the government to achieve the global goal of sustainable development, also called on the beneficiary schools to make the best use of the materials for the purposes they were meant for.
He assured the governor of SUBEB’s readiness to redouble its efforts at ensuring quality assurance through improved reading skills, monitoring and evaluation activities to make the state’s education goal a regality.
Also, the Executive Secretary of Osun SUBEB, Alhaji Adeoye Bakare, in his welcome address, said asked for cooperation of students and teachers to make the state government acheive its educational goal for the state.