By Abdulwahab Abdulah
Governors of the ix southwest states and Edo will lead prominent Nigerians to launch Yoruba Education Trust Fund (YETFUND) this Tuesday in Lagos.
The Education fund which was put in place to rescue the decay being witnessed in the education sector in Nigeria today, especially in the Southwest will also be attended by the governors of Delta, Kogi and Kwara states as well as other eminent Yoruba personalities.
They have resolved to intervene in education development in the south west.
Speaking on the programme, Chairman Public Presentation Committee of YETFUND and former Chairman of Daily Times of Nigeria, Akogun Tola Adeniyi said the Yoruba nation is worried by the performances in education in Nigeria generally and in the South West in particular and “we have resolved to take the bull by the horn”, he said.
He said YETFUND commissioned Professor Babatunde Fetuga who is the Chairman of Research and Planning Committee of the Fund to carry out a broad analysis of the education sector and the result was abysmal.
As a result, Adeniyi noted there is no going back in their resolve to save the education of the Yoruba children and make them back to the old fame the region is known for.
He said YETFUND has decided to intervene on six major areas which would essentially formed the implementation of their Mission and Vision.
He listed the six major interventions as capacity building; Curriculum Development; Management of schools; infrastructure; educational support services and the informal adult and technical education (vocational training).
Also, former Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile –Ife and a member of the Board of YETFUND, Professor Wale Omole said the concept of YETFUND began about three years ago when piqued by the deplorable deterioration in the standard of education in the country and more embarrassingly so in the South West.
He said some Yoruba elders decided that the time for complaining should come to an end and some serious steps should be take to stem the dangerous trend.
He said the Fund at inception was led by the former Governor of Central Bank, Pa Ola Vincent and that the steering committee formalised the documentation of the Fund and in November last year inaugurated a 60-member Governing Council which Executive committee came up with an intervention strategy in the education system of the South West.