I read with concern an article written by one Bolanle Bolawole on page 30 of Nigerian Tribune Newspaper of 29th October, 2017 where he could not make any reference to Osun Sukuk bond law where the sukuk projects were captured.
What type of journalist is Bolanle Bolawole? Critics like him should get a copy of Osun Sukuk bond law to educate the public. The 11 high schools projects are clearly stated. Aregbesola is acting within the law.
There is difference between Ilesa Grammar School and Ilesa Government High Schoool. The grammar represents the old generation and analog while Ilesa Government High School represents 21st century digital school for human capital development.
I am surprise that we still have analog journalist like Bolanle Bolawole in the 21st century talking about the name of a dilapidated school when Governor Aregbesola has laid foundation for digital education in Nigeria.
Instead of critics like Bolawole to praise the governor for the 21st century digital schools for human capital development in Osun State, they are busy talking about the name of a mud school. They left the substance of Osun innovative steel high schools that you cannot see elsewhere in Africa.
I may recall that Osun, under Aregbesola had in 2013 floated N11.4bN Sukuk bond to fund government’s massive education infrastructure provision projects. Ilesa Government High School was one of the11Sukuk high schools that the sukuk bond was used to finance.
When Aregbesola wanted to take sukuk bond, it was clearly stated in the agreement that Ilesa Government High School was one of the 11high school projects to be executed with the sukuk funds.
The law clearly captured the 11 high school projects. The law on sukuk projects was passed by Osun State House of Assembly. Aregbesola is merely executing Osun State sukuk law. So, why the criticism?
The constitution of Osun State is clear on who has the power to name or change the name of schools. The old boys’ association of a school has no power to decide the name of a school.
It is Osun State Government that can determine the name or change the name of a school? So, why is the old students association of Ilesa Grammmar School in court?
Aregbesola’s critics do not address issues of development. When the governor went to take sukuk bond, they said he wanted to Islamize Osun State and now that he is commissioning the sukuk schools projects, they are now agitating for the name of the schools..
Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun opened a newly built Ilesa Government High School. The new school, he said, was in furtherance of his government’s effort to ensure sound basic education in the state.
It cost N1.3billion. Aregbesola, who is an indigene of the town, said at the opening today that the 3,000 capacity school, has 72 classrooms, which could accommodate 49 students each. He said other facilities in the school included 18 toilets for girls and boys, bookshop, art and science library, 1,000 capacity examination hall, Principals’ and general offices, among others.
The school we are commissioning today is state-of-the-art. many people when they see the picture, because it is so good, they argue it is so good, they argue it is computer generated graphic in 3D.
“Actually it is a 3,000 capacity three-in-one school. Each school has its principal with an overall senior principal. “the complex has 72 classrooms of 49 square-meters each capable of sitting 49 student, 6 laboratories, 18 toilets for young ladies, 18 toilets for young men, 1 science library, 1 art library 1 facility manager’s office, 1bookshop, 1 sick bay, 1 bursar’s office, 3 general staff office, record store and 1 security shed/reception.
“There are total of 1,000 square-meters of floor space hall capable of sitting 1,000 students for external examinations. This hall has storage, for equipment utility storage, a stage, for document, 4 female toilets and 4 male toilets.
“For sporting activities, there is an Olympic sized football field, 7-lane sprinting tracks for 100 meters and 400 meters events, a pavilion and an outdoor basketball court that doubles as tennis court.
The school has its own borehole, an electricity transformer and an ample parking space for at least 75 cars. “Welcome to the new world of educational infrastructure in Osun.
The school cost N1.3billion which includes the cost of furnishing, landscape and electronic boards. “I am happy and full filled that we have public schools that can compete with the best in the world and indeed, our new schools are he ones to beat around here
As it is, facts have emerged that the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola had not only taken the bull by the horn at revamping education sector, but aslo refocusing the people’s attention and interest to quality, qualitative and functional education through his various interventions that have attracted residents particularly parents to resolve taking their children to public schools.
The Osun public school sector that had almost collapsed and failed prior Aregbesola’s government are now at the central point of reference in enrollment strength, leaving private schools at enrollment low ebb.
It was gathered that private schools in the state are gradually loosing students to public schools due to facilities which Aregbesola’s administration had put in place to advance public education.
Some members of the National Association of Private School Proprietors of Nigeria, Osun state chapter, confirmed that the decline in the rate of pupils and students enrollment into private schools in the state had been on increase in the last few years.
By Inwalomhe Donald
Inwalomhe Donald writes from Benin City