Basic Education Critical —Laoye-Tomori
DEPUTY governor of Osun State, Mrs Titi Laoye Tomori, has described basic education as a critical stage in the overall educational development of Nigeria.
She made this statement in Osogbo, during a courtesy visit by Dr Tunde Adekola, a representative of the World Bank.
She disclosed that the Osun Elementary School Feeding and Health Programme (O’MEALS) were designed to prepare pupils in elementary schools for mental and physical alertness. This, according to her, would enable them to compete favourably anywhere in the world.
Tomori informed the World Bank representative that appropriate actions and plans had already been put in place to ensure pupils in the basic education stage received instructions in Yoruba Language, for the purpose of understanding and easy assimilation.
The deputy governor, who doubles as the state’s Commissioner for Education, emphasised the commitment of her administration to the development, advancement and re-positioning of the education sector for the benefit and overall interest of the state.
Tomori admitted that the collaboration with the World Bank would facilitate the noble objective of the government at both basic and post basic sectors.
In his address, Dr Tunde Adekola congratulated Governor Rauf Aregbesola on his re-election for a second term in office, just as he informed the deputy governor that the bank would support basic education in Osun, through the provision of financial intervention to the government, in the area of training, re-training and re-orientation of teachers, provision of ICT to schools and educational instructional materials executed in the cases of Ekiti and Lagos states, respectively.