The Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, has added to the growing list of modern schools in the state by commissioning the Anthony Udofia Government Elementary School in Osogbo, the state capital.
The newly commissioned 960-seat capacity complex contains 24 classrooms of 40 pupils each, an ICT room, a library, a multi-purpose hall, 29 toilets, offices for Head teacher and a facility manager, a staff room, food court, a sick bay, security and reception offices and
a water fountain for aesthetics.
Aregbesola, who noted that elementary School is the basis of the formal education said, “any child with a good elementary school foundation will have no problem making progress educationally.”
He stated that government is constructing 100 brand new Elementary Schools, 50 Middle Schools and 20 High Schools, out of which 14 Elementary Schools, 15 Middle Schools and 11 High Schools have been completed or receiving finishing touches and are waiting to be commissioned.
“I am happy and fulfilled that we have public schools that can compete with the best in the world and indeed, our new schools are the ones to beat around here.
“All these are in fulfilment of our promise to provide functional basic education for the pupils in the state. This stems from ourconviction that every child is owed basic education. It is a fundamental and inalienable right of every child.
“Basic education is basic and is a solid foundation on which other superstructure of vocational training or higher education can be built upon,” he emphasised.
The Former Military Governor of the state, Navy Captain Anthony Udofia, whose name the school bears, was in town to witness the unveiling of what used to be a ramshackle school turned a world class learning environment.
Captain Udofia commended Aregbesola for his love for uplifting education in the state.
Udofia said standard education should not be a monopoly of private investors, saying government schools if well taken care of can compete favourably with any private school in the country.
“I am happy to be here, I am impressed with the standard of the school built, I commend the Governor, he is seriously in love with education, I have heard about your doings in the state, keep up with the good work.
“I will forever be grateful to Chief Obafemi Awolowo, because I benefited from his free education. Any governor in the Western region states that does not believe or take education seriously has a lot of problems at hand.
“If you don’t educate children, they will not be useful to you,” The former Military administrator said.