…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media.
The Owaale of Ikare-Akoko, Oba Adeleke Adedoyin-Adegbite, expressed his belief that Rauf Aregbesola, the former Minister of Interior and Governor of Osun State, still has much to offer to the political landscape in Nigeria.
This sentiment was shared during a reception organized by the Old Students Association of Akoko Anglican Grammar School, Arigidi-Akoko, Ondo state, held in Akure, Ondo State.
Oba Adeleke Adedoyin-Adegbite described Aregbesola as a rare politician with inherent Omoluabi virtues.
The traditional ruler commended Aregbesola’s qualities of responsibility, transparency, and compassion, stating that he is a blessing to many generations.
Oba Adeleke Adedoyin-Adegbite emphasized that those who believe Aregbesola’s political career is over will be proven wrong, as he has not yet reached the peak of his influence and impact.
Aregbesola’s Gratitude and Self-Assessment
During the reception in his honor, Aregbesola expressed his gratitude to God for the opportunities he has been given and his notable performance in leadership roles.
He also extended his appreciation to the people for recognizing and celebrating his contributions.
Aregbesola expressed his joy and fulfillment, acknowledging the outpouring of love and support from the people, friends, and associates, which deeply moved him.
Concerns over Education Policy Reversal
However, Aregbesola criticized his successor, Gboyega Oyetola, for reversing the education policy he had implemented during his tenure as governor.
Aregbesola had introduced the 4-5-3-4 policy to highlight the importance of education in society and ensure that all school-age children have access to quality education.
He argued that while private schools may seem appealing, they can never replace government-funded public schools that provide a strong educational foundation for all children.
Aregbesola urged all governments to prioritize education and emphasized the need to remain committed to the goal of providing education for every child.
Replicating Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s Education Program
Aregbesola further stated that during his time as the Governor of Osun State, he aimed to replicate the educational policy and program established by Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
He highlighted the significance of the schools in the Western region, which not only focused on academics but also instilled ethics, social etiquette, morals, and leadership qualities in students.
Aregbesola’s administration constructed 11 modern 3,000-capacity model secondary schools, while also rehabilitating and upgrading existing ones.
Each school was equipped with numerous facilities, including classrooms, laboratories, libraries, and health services.
Aregbesola emphasized the introduction of the Opon Imo tablet of Knowledge, ethics and discipline initiatives, calisthenics, and a school feeding and health program.
Aregbesola concluded by asserting that his administration’s commitment to education stemmed from the understanding that a solid public foundation education is indispensable.
He highlighted Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s public education policy as a testament to its effectiveness and success in producing notable individuals.
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