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Published On: Sun, Dec 7th, 2014

Education, vital for national development — Aregbesola

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From Tope Musowo, Ado-Ekiti

Osun state Governor, Rauf Aregbesola has described education as a crucial tool to the realization of sustainable national development and achievement of national security.

He revealed this during his presentation at the 6th Prince Bola Ajibola Annual Lecture Series, titled: Education as a Panacea to National Insecurity and Developmental Challenges, held at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, recently.

Gov. Aregbesola, who was the guest speaker at the lecture series said; “Education is a very crutial tool to the realisation of sustainable national development and the achievement of national security.”

He lamented that the Nigerian state today is faced by insecurity and other developmental challenges because of the continued erosion in the quality and standard of our educational system, adding that lack of adequate investment in education by successive administrations in Nigeria has crippled the system to the extent that what seems to matter to students is just the acquisition of certificates.

The governor also stressed that there was no reason why children and youths in parts of the North and the Niger Delta areas of Nigeria should not have the same quality education as their counterparts in other parts of the nation.

The Pioneer Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Professor Nurudeen Adedipe also supported the assertion of the Governor.

The erudite scholar said; “Governments that are conscious of the importance of education should be commended and encouraged to do more in the interest of the society.”

Professor Adedipe, who was the Chairman of the occasion therefore, lauded the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, for according much recognition to education in his state in terms of investment.

Professor Adedipe was awarded the “Distinguished Education Administrator Award 2014”.

In his address, Proprietor of Crescent University, Abeokuta, Prince Bola Ajibola, described the governor’s strides in the education sector as education plus, in the sense that he is infusing good morals into the educational curriculum of young people through the Omoluabi virtue.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Bamitale Omole, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Ajayi Adebisi, stressed that the topic of the lecture was most appropriate at this crucial time when the nation was facing many security challenges.

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