Newly built mega school, Ilesa Government High School in Osun by the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola has drawn the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi back into the school environment.
Although, the Ooni, alongside the governor, fondly called ‘Ogbeni’ by supporters were spotted in a photograph session sitting on a secondary school size student chair, however, their visit is not to receive lecture but to commission a monumental edifice built by the governor purposely to forward educational pursuits in the state.
Amazed by the quality of the facilities in the school, Ooni who gave an unstopping praise to Aregbesola said the efforts of the governor on infrastructure is not for the present alone, but would serve as a legacy for both the governor and for the people of the state.
He compared Aregebsola to former governor of Lagos State, Lattef Jakande whose infrastructural legacy in areas of school building and housing estates is yet to be forgotten in Lagos across Lagos.
“Some might not appreciate this works now, years later, people in the state would pray for the governor…,” says the monarch.
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola: The making of the educated person”
Speaking at the occasion, Aregbesola said in the beginning of his administration, he promised to make education a priority. He said this school in particular was notorious as a den of gangsters and juvenile cultists, and these problems in the educational sector lead to organizing an education summit presided over by Prof Wole Soyinka.
According to him, all the interventions in education came from the report of that summit. He said;
“One key point in the report is the environment of learning. A rundown dilapidated school structure cannot be conducive to learning”.
The governor also appealed to parents’ to ensure they paid the N6000 a year due for the students in order to maintain the school and make t last for decades.
He explained that it wasn’t common to have such free education anywhere in the country with state of the art infrastructures at the student’s disposal, so it was essential that the mega schools all across the state be maintained.
The governor furthers, “Generally, the world is increasingly being defined and controlled by those who can think and bear their intellect on the matter and any situation. The possibilities, therefore, look infinite for them”.
“In the next 10 years, knowledge would have transformed the world beyond recognition. Self-driving cars, running on battery, using zero fuel, and programmed with all the addresses will be in the market in commercial quantity”.