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do State Governor Adams Oshiomhole and his Osun State counterpart, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, on Friday said the All Progressives Congress would restore the lost legacy in the Nigeria’s educational system.
The governors, who disclosed this during the commissioning of the reconstructed Asoro Grammar School in Benin and other projects in Edo State, hinged the provision of quality education to promote rapid development on good governance in the country.
Speaking at the event, Governor Oshiomhole said the school, prior to the inception of his administration in 2008, reflected the poor condition of schools across the state.
He explained that some of them had classrooms without roofs while others were with chairs for the teachers and pupils to sit and learn, noting that if the children were educated in inhuman conditions, “they grow up angry and bitter against society.”
He, however, said the APC had resolved to adopt policies which would break the educational barriers between the rich and the poor, through the provision of quality education as was the case during the era of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
He also noted that the improvement in the academic performance of the state in the recent West African Examination Council results was a reflection of his administration’s commitment to provide free and quality education in both primary and secondary schools.
He said: “I also believe that we of the progressive party (APC) recognise that the foundation for equality, fairness and justice is that the young ones must not be exposed to such rigid divides such that the children of the rich study in comfortable private schools and the children of the poor are dumped in an environment that looks like and old fashion pig house.
“When a child grows up feeling inferior on account of the economic circumstances of his or her parents, he suffers from that complex almost throughout his life.”
Governor Aregbesola, who noted that his visit was an opportunity to celebrate Nigerian students, described the APC as a party, which “seeks to pull us out of the misery that has been the lot of our people for several years.”
He commended the performance of his Edo State counterpart in the provision of good education, health, road construction and flood control, through the storm water projects.
Aregbesola also lauded market women, whom he described as silent fighters and strong pillars of support before, during after his election on August 9, not minding that “the authorities at the federal level in Nigeria did all it could do to undermine the democratic process. Two weeks to the August 9, 2014 election, 73,000 strange-looking security operatives were brought to Osun.”
While noting that it was the duty of a responsible government to ensure that all Nigerians had access to services which make them good citizens, he said that his administration had improved the welfare of pupils in state education system through the provision of basic infrastructure.
“Education is your ability to live a decent life independently and that is what the APC government is striving to give to you.
“I there advise you (students) not to let this opportunity slip by. This is your gold. This is your diamond. This is your platinum through which you can be anywhere in the world,” he said.