Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has said his government had no regrets whatsoever committing the largest chunk of the state’s resources to changing the face of education.
He said his government was preparing the state’s future leaders for the next 25 years in what the government wants them to be in a new world order.
The governor spoke at the unveiling of a new block of 10 classrooms built by the Anglican Church in honour of former Governor of Osun and a former chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Bisi Akande.
Aregbesola said: “Education, by far, has commanded our greatest engagement and resources and we owe no one any apology over this,” adding, “As I often let people know, we are preparing for the next 25 years, what we want our children to become and where we want them to be in an increasingly digitized and fiercely competitive world.”
The governor said that the dedication of the classrooms resonates with the vision of his government’s education programmes.
He added, “Osun was the cynosure of all eyes when President Muhammadu Buhari came to commission the state-of-the-art Government High School, Osogbo, just one of the 3,000 pupils-capacity 20 high schools our administration is building. The others being 900 pupils-capacity each, 100 elementary schools and 50 middle schools.”
He regretted that education had failed to achieve its purpose in many individuals, noting this is the root of many problems confronting the society today.
“We are in trouble today; we are under-developing and are at war with each other, as a people, because we have forgotten these fundamentals.
“Any educational system or any faith, for that matter, whose goal is not to develop and bring harmony to human society by first cultivating human intellect and then imbue man with a higher moral standing, is not worth its estate and will soon be discarded into the dustbin of history. Same will happen to any faith that continues to foment trouble and divisiveness in human society,” the governor warned.
He explained that education serves the man to fit in and live successfully in this earthly realm, adding that humans are already projecting to colonize other planetary bodies.