The group chairman, Mutual Benefits Assurance and chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party in Osun State, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi has said that the status of education in the state would have improved drastically if half of what had been expended on road constructions in the last eight years were put into the advancement of education.
Speaking at a special event organised by the National Association of Osun State Students, NAOSS, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife chapter, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi stated this in his address on Saturday.
The program, with the theme: ”History and Values of Osun State: Determining Factor for the future,” was well attended by students, policymakers and academic gurus.
Reaffirming that investment in education yields the greatest result now and the future, the PDP stalwart stressed that the future generation may be badly affected by what he described as unfriendly policies of the state government especially in areas of education.
According to him, over-concentration on road construction at the expense of qualitative education and several other people-driven programs is a bane on the growth of Osun.
“In the last eight years, the immediate past administration and the current one seem to have made road construction their focal points.
But today, where are the roads?” He asked, pointing out that the ranking of the state in national examinations and its standing compared to educationally disadvantaged state are enough indexes to infer that Osun still has a long way to go.
Ogunbiyi emphasised that people, not buildings, are the church and that road construction and renovation of buildings without concerted investment in qualitative education and doing more to directly impact the people are not in the best interest of the state.
The PDP chieftain whose address was greeted with cheers and nods from the students and members of the audience maintained that the hallmark of education is the ability to separate wheat from chaff, lies from the truth and deal development from jamboree projects.
He noted that available statistics contravened the government’s acclaimed achievements especially in education.
He urged the students to endeavour to grow through what they are going through, and not be deterred by their current challenges regardless of the state of education in Osun.
Dr Akin Ogunbiyi in the same vein declared that the history of Osun would not be complete without mentioning chief Bola Ige. He extolled the late legal luminary and other founding fathers of the state, describing chief Bola Ige as a model leader worthy of emulation.
He supported the students’ initiative with a whopping amount of naira and charged them to make it a matter of duty to always contribute their quota to the development of the state.