The All Progressives Congress in Osun State has told critics of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s investment in education, especially his feeding programme for pupils, to keep quiet, as the Federal Government has vindicated him on the project.
“If the project is not strategic to human capital and socio-economic development, the Federal Government would not have adopted it for implementation on a national scale.
“That the critics, some portfolio civil society groups and (unfortunately) some labour unions, were calling on Aregbesola to scrap the project, (‘so that funds will be released to pay workers’ is a measure of their superficial mindset,” APC said.
According to the party’s Director of Publicity, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, who addressed reporters yesterday in Osogbo, the project not only attracted more children to schools, but also gave jobs to thousands in the agricultural and catering sectors.
The APC spokesman referred reporters to the statement by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo of the Federal Government’s commitment to the school feeding programme, which he (Osinbajo) said would, among others, create 1.4 million jobs, increase food production by 530,000 metric tonnes annually and attract investment of N980 billion.
The APC said to contemplate scrapping the project in Osun was shallow and consistent with the low stuff of which the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) members in the state were made.
“What Aregbesola’s critics failed to appreciate was that some of the best brains in the Southwest made the education policy the governor is implementing. At the head of the think tank was Prof. Wole Soyinka.
“It is no surprise that the APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari has given national expression to what Aregbesola did in Osun,” the APC said.
Oyatomi said besides the other effects the project had for job creation and agricultural expansion, Osun recorded the highest enrolment figure of over 250,000 pupils because of the feeding project.