Governor Appreciate Legacies Bequeathed on Ogun State0
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has said the present generation of Ogun indigenes are proud inheritors of worthy legacies bequeathed by the founding fathers of the state. He promised that his administration would not only sustain those legacies but build on them.
The governor disclosed this yesterday in Abeokuta during the 18th Annual ThisDay Awards with the theme, Celebrating Nigeria’s Best Teachers, at the newly redesigned June 12 Cultural Centre. He said the state and entire South-West Nigeria were eternally grateful to the late sage and premier of Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, for introducing free education in the region in 1955.
Our administration has built on that legacy by introducing functional free education at the primary and secondary levels that includes free textbooks and instructional materials, construction and rehabilitation of school buildings, regular payment of teachers’ salaries, training and retraining of teachers, promotion of staff as and when due and construction of world-class model schools across the three senatorial districts of the state
Amosun recalled the immense contributions of the likes of Reverend Israel Oludotun Ransome Kuti, Chief S. O. Awokoya, Chief Jonathan Odebiyi, Chief J. F. Odunjo, Dr. Tai Solarin, Prof. Afolabi Olabimtan, among others, to the development of education and promised that his government would continue to invest massively in the teaching profession in order to restore the glory of education in the state.
Speaking at the event, the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, said “honouring teachers is the most important thing of all.” He explained that “too much inequality limits growth and opportunities and unemployment is a source of instability all over the world.” He called on governments across the world to invest in their people as “economic power belongs to those that maxzimise the capacity of their people through education.” Governors Ibikunle Amosun and Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State were also honoured for their exemplary commitment to the welfare of teachers at the colourful ceremony attended by the cream of the Nigerian society.