The Executive Chairman, Osun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Hon. Israel Ajibola Famurewa, has reiterated the commitment of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola-led administration to reposition the basic education system in the State.
Famurewa disclosed this on Monday during an inspection visit of various school infrastructure projects completed by the board with other board officials and Dr. Tom Ohikere, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, All Progressives Congress (APC) News Online.
He stated that the current administration has always given appropriate attention to topics that would provide astronomical development to the State’s education sector, particularly the basic education system, since its establishment.
Some of the schools visited were; Ataoja School of Science; Anthony Udofia Primary School both in Osogbo; Ijesa Muslim Grammar School, Ilesa;
- St. Philip’s Primary School, Ile-Ife;
- St. Stephen’s Grammar School, Modakeke; Urban Day Grammar School Ile-Ife; Oogi Community Grammar School; Adejuwon Government middle School, Owode-Ede.
Speaking with newsmen after the inspection, Dr. Tom Ohikere praised Governor Oyetola’s massive investment in the state’s education sector, characterizing Osun as one of the country’s leading lights in the promotion of education.
He also praised the Governor for prioritizing education and recognizing it as the cornerstone of the State’s socio-economic growth, stating that “Osun has become a reference point in Nigeria’s basic education system.”
“We are travelling across the country, particularly the All Progressives Congress (APC)-ruled States, to take stock of development, particularly in the basic education sector,” Ohikere continued. Today we are in Osun State, the first state in the Southwest to be visited. We’ve visited the Northwest and the Northeast.
“The Universal Basic Education Commission and the All Progressives Congress (APC) News Online collaborated on this journey to assess basic educational development in APC-controlled states.
“Osun has become a reference point in Nigeria’s basic education system, based on what I’ve observed so far in terms of the state’s fast intervention in education. This is due to the high quality of work that has been done and continues to be done, as well as the policies in place to raise the bar in the State’s education sector.
“As you can see, we have Chairman SUBEB and his crew accompanying us around; this was not the case in other States. The initiatives we witnessed are the first of their sort in the country, if you look at it from where we started in Osogbo. They are nowhere to be found. We’ve only seen something about it in Nasarawa State, and it’s about an ICT Center.
“We were astounded by the scale of the projects we saw here, and we are impressed that the state has been implementing them with a systematic approach to basic education. We’ve been to Osun Central, and we’ve just completed the Osun East Senatorial District, and now we’re in Osun West.
“We’ve come to look at the learning environment, learning space, teaching and learning facilities, teacher welfare, teacher training, and retraining as part of our mission. During our tour, we met with students and teachers, and it is glad to report that Osun instructors are quite pleased.
“We are also pleased that the State has performed admirably, as seen by its performance index. We discovered that the state ranks second in the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), and that its students placed first in the general competition.
“These are the foundations for which we have come. The only way to assess education spending is to look at the results. So far, the outcome has been fantastic, and I believe it will continue to be so in all states.
“My counsel to citizens is to understand that education development is a shared duty. We expect the community to utilize the government’s resources to the fullest extent possible.”