By Ola Ajayi
EDUCATION sector of Lagos State moved a notch higher in the appropriate direction recently, with the distribution of free exercise books and writing materials in its primary schools under control of Ojokoro Local Council Development Area.
The move, according to the state’s Deputy Governor, who also oversees the Education ministry, Dr. (Mrs.) Idiat Adebule, is not just in fulfilment of the ruling All Progressives Congress’ social contract with Lagosians, but is also premised on the level of success achieved not only to sustain the education sector, but to continually surpass past records at every turn.
Speaking through the Tutor- General/Permanent Secretary, Education District 1, Agege, Alimosho and Ifako-Ijaiye, Dr. (Mrs.) Olufolayimika Abiose Ayandele at Agbado-Ijaiye Primary School Complex, Salolo, where the distribution of the free exercise books and writing materials took place, the deputy governor reiterated the state government’s total commitment to qualitative education in the administration’s government of inclusion.
Further, she said the Governor Ambode-led administration is not averse to collaboration with other levels of government, non-governmental organisations, or private sector participation in its drive to properly position the state, to enable her stand head and shoulders above her peers via rapid infrastructural development, wealth creation/youth empowerment, security of lives, property and investments through its mantra of an all-inclusive government where no one and no sector is left behind.
It was revealed that the government particularly valued the efforts of Ojokoro LCDA as first of the third-tier of government to give its support to the state on education through its generous contribution by its chairman with the distribution of free exercise books and various writing materials to pupils in Agbado-Ijaiye Primary School Complex. They knew the state government cannot do it alone so they contributed their quota to ensure dividends of democracy cascades to the governed.
Still in appreciation of the LCDA’s efforts, the deputy governor said: “Everyone and every level of government has a role to play. Governance cascades from the federal to states, then local governments, which makes it fascinating that while others are still trying to find their feet, Ojokoro LCDA hit the ground running, and within 37 days in office, has made this ground-breaking contribution to the lives of pupils under its area of control with promises of more dividends of democracy to follow.
Insisting on the Yoruba language being at the root of its culture during her representative duty on behalf of the deputy governor of the state, Dr. Ayandele who dedicated the entire programme “to the glory of God and service to humanity,” placed a premium on the Yoruba language and culture when she commenced her presentation which was emphatically interspersed with Yoruba, praying that every child that partook of the exercise fill their spaces globally in fulfilment of their destinies by taking their rightful places in history.
On his part, the Executive Chairman of Ojokoro Local Council Development Area, Hon. Hammed Idowu Daniel Tijani, humbly submitted that the LCDA was only complimenting efforts of the state government in fulfilment of the social contract signed by the APC with the people of Lagos State to provide qualitative education for its growing child population without sweat to their parents amongst other things, in the pipeline, just as he assured the state government that Ojokoro LCDA “would continue to compliment the unprecedented developmental strides of the Governor Ambode-led administration.”
Present among many other dignitaries at the occasion, were Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Dr. Ganiyu Sopein, APC Ojokoro Chieftain, Mr. Adewale Bello, CDC Chairman, Alhaji Hammed, His Royal Highness, Oba Oluwalambe Taiwo, Oba of Ojokoro, His Royal Highness, Oba Saka Taiwo, the Alagbado of Orile Alagbado and the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, of Ojokoro Police Station, CSP Ogunjobi.