By Dayo Adesulu
Osun State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has suprised some of his critics by commissioning a N94,000,000 christian school at St. Augustine’s Government Elementary School, Ipetumodu, Ife North Local Government Area.
The school is a quadrangular block of 12 rooms, of which10 are classrooms, one, a computer centre while the last is used as library.
Governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state
It also has a headmaster’s office, a store, a power office, a conference room a borehole, power transformer and a recreation and sporting centre.
At the commissioning, Aregbesola disclosed that the school, among others, was designed to attract the best brains from their catchment areas, especially from public middle schools, where excellence is the watchword.
He pointed out that Osun elementary schools are neighbourhood schools to which children can easily walk within view of familiar neighbours.
He said: “Today marks another epoch in new dawn of education infrastructure in the State of Osun. The last time we gathered for this purpose was on October 24, 2017, when we commissioned Ilesa Govt. High School.
“In the order of our new elementary schools, the most recent was the commissioning of the AUD Govt. Elementary School, Sabo Osogbo, November 29, 2016.
“On March 21 2017, our train moved around simultaneously, to celebrate the official opening and commencement of learning activities at four newly-built government high schools, namely: Ataoja Govt. High School, Osogbo; Osogbo Govt. High School; Wole Soyinka Govt. High School, Ejigbo and Adventist Govt. High School, Ede.
“These schools were the first set of completed high school infrastructure embarked upon by our administration and have since been put to use by end-users, the students and their teachers.”
He added that beyond new buildings, he has carried out renovations on 40 other schools with 1,694 standard classrooms in the existing elementary, middle and high schools, noting that they will accommodate nearly 90,000 pupils.
He said his administration has provided more than 100,000 desks and chairs, toilets and boreholes and made schools decent places to be.
In his remarks, the Apetumodu of Ipetumodu, Oba James Adedokun Adegoke, described the governor as a true democrat whose position has heralded unprecedented development in the state.
Adegoke said the present administration has given due recognition to the development of the state, particularly Ipetumodu, which has witnessed uncommon transformation.
“Since the creation of Osun, no government has kept to its campaign promises as being done by the present administration. We have seen true Omoluabi ethos in all Aregbesola has done.
In his welcome address, the Commissioner for Education, Mr Wasiu Omotunde-Young commended Aregbesola for being committed to fight against educational decadence.
He said the administration has not only given education a deserved attention but has made it the true bedrock of development.
“Our government has commissioned many of these schools and we will still commission more as we are committed to the quality and functional education in the state,” he stressed.
In his remarks, Chairman, House Committee on Education in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Folorunso Bamisayemi lauded Aregbesola for his giant strides in all sectors of the economy particularly in education sector.
He said the House is proud that Aregbesola judiciously utilised the loans which the House approved.”
“To us as legislators, we strongly believe that if the state did not borrow at the time it did, many of these projects would have been impossible now, considering the exchange rate.