BY ABUSATAR HAMED
ABEOKUTA: Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has said that his government will continue to improve on the practice, process and administration of education system as the state remains the education capital of Nigeria.
According to a press release e-signed and made available to StarTrend Int’l magazine & www.startrendinternational.com by Oluwaseun Boye, Head, Ogun Deputy Gov Media, the Governor stated this in his address at the 25th Annual Lecture of Stephen Oluwole Awokoya Foundation, tagged: ‘’Epidemiology and Technology, A Look at the Past and Present: Justification for Modifiers in Major Non-Communicable Disease’’, held at Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, Prince Abiodun said his administration placed high premium on education, as a well-educated citizen would contribute meaningfully to the development of the society.
“One of the major pillars of this administration’s agenda is education. On assumption of office, we reviewed the sector and since then, we have formulated several new policies and implemented some programmes to strengthen our education sector.
“I am happy to report that in the last ten months, we have been witnessing great improvements in the sector. Our teachers are well motivated and happier, the teaching learning environment has improved and is more conducive”, he said.
Governor Abiodun appreciated the state’s prominence in education and other sectors of the economy, assuring that his administration would uphold the commitment, dedication and respect for the rule of law by the founding fathers of the State.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman of the foundation, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, emphasised on technical and digital education, saying it would promote entrepreneurship among school leavers.
While expressing displeasure on the statistics that Nigeria accounts for 20 percent of the entire world out-of-school children population, he said the free and compulsory primary education, which late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Late Prof. Oluwole Awokoya were noted for should be revisited.
In his opening remarks, Chairman of the occasion, Chief Chamberlain Oyibo, said no country could make any meaningful progress, unless it encourages science education and invests substantially in it, adding that, with increase in the number of educational institutions, the quality of education offered should be improved to international standard.