OSOGBO – Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has said the aim of his administration was to produce students who can compete effectively and perform excellently like their counterparts in advanced countries to match and exceed the feat of the late Premier of the defunct Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
The governor said so far, his administration has reconnected with the path to sound education, economic development and social progress.
Aregbesola spoke at Oduduwa Hall of Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, during the 2012 Celebration of Obafemi Awolowo Free Education Initiative, organised by the Faculty of Education of the institution.
Represented by his deputy, Otunba Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, the governor said the idea of the late Chief Awolowo was to ensure education that could empower Nigerian youths to be roundly relevant in meeting challenges.
He said: “He considered such education as so important that it has to be made accessible to and affordable for everybody.”
This, he recalled, informed what he called “Awolowo’s ground-breaking initiative of free education” in Western Region, stressing that the brains, bodies and minds of those who received this form of educational training were fully developed.
Describing the vision, character, mental make-up, habit, challenges and travails as well remarkable feats of Awolowo as trailblazing, the governor said that the focus of his administration is to resume the journey to greatness and even surpass the feat of the late sage.