Africa’s Underdevelopment Not Due To Inferiority To Other Races – Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola
The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola spoke recently at the public presentation of a book, Work in Progress, by the Osun Development Agenda (ODA) at the Centre for Technology Management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife.
The governor said there was no historical evidence that other races were superior to blacks. He said his administration plans to improve the future of the people through quality education.
Aregbesola said: “The priority of our government is on elementary education, which is the most important aspect of human life. If the elementary education is weak, there is no education at all”.
“Apart from the provision of infrastructure in schools, we offer free school uniforms and distribute tablets of knowledge (Opon Imo). We have also increased bursary payment and grants for primary and secondary schools.
“Our best intervention in education is the Elementary School Feeding and Health Programme, through which we give the pupils delicious meals. We met 180,000 pupils in public schools in 2010 and now we have over 350,000 pupils.
The convener, Kehinde Bamigbetan, said the book was published to review and document the economic, social and political transformation of Osun in the last two and a half years, which were brought about by the Aregbesola administration’s Six Integral Action Plan.
Chairman of the occasion and Interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief Bisi Akande, who was represented by Wale Oshun, said the evidence of development in Osun was physical.
(culled from THE NATION)