The Committee of Deans of Faculty of Engineering and Technology of Nigerian Universities (CODET) has said it is proud to associate with the massive transformation recorded in Osun State under the leadership of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
CODET, which brings together all Deans of Engineering Faculties also lauded the government for building one of the biggest Faculties of Engineering in Nigeria.
The group stated this during its courtesy call on the Governor at the Government House in the state capital.
The Governor told the group that the concern and investment of the administration on education, particularly at the elementary and high school levels, is in recognition of the fact that education without character is not only inimical but also dangerous to the society.
Aregbesola averred that there is no substitute for a functional and qualitative basic education, which is guiding the education policy in the state.
He said that his administration will not give up in its commitment to reviving the tradition of sound basic education and entrench it in the state.
He expressed appreciation to the committee of deans of engineering for recognising the effort of the administration at using foundation education to develop the society.
According to the Governor, education will only be meaningful at the tertiary level if the basic education is giving high priority and adequate guidance.
He described the tablet of knowledge (Opon Imo) as a world class potential and veritable tools of learning.
The Governor said it is nothing but mischieve and ignorance for anyone to condemn the innovative e-reader adjuged to be world class learning tool.
“With this observation on our little efforts on education, I am encouraged, motivated and inspired by your visit and this will further tell the whole world what you experienced and saw in Osun.
“Denying basic foundation of education adequate attention at the expense of the tertiary education will only encourage and stimulate high level of ignorance and crisis of character.
“I implore those who have grouse with Opon Imo or Evans Publishers to write to the Federal Ministry of Education rather than ridicling themselves and the country by claiming to have written to the British Council. The bland question is: Is Nigeria still a colony,” Aregbesola said.
Earlier in his remark, the Chairman of CODET, Prof. Adagbonyin Obiazi, commended the Governor for having an excellent report card as a government laying solid and robust foundation in education.
Obiazi, in his opinion, tackling frontally the array of problems in reading and learning culture amongst the pupils remains a commendable strength of the administration.
He noted that Aregbesola is building on the solid education foundation laid by the late sage and former Premier of Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, which gave the South-West the opportunity to dominate all professions.
“We want to commend our governor on the ongoing construction work in Osun State University in building one of the biggest Faculty of Engineering in Nigeria.
“Other landmark achievements in providing bursaries, road construction and maintenance, water supply are worthy of commendation,” Obiazi said.