The governor urged the council members to be forthright.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun on Monday in Osogbo inaugurated the new governing councils of the state’s tertiary institutions with a pledge to turn around the education sector.
In an address at the occasion, Mr. Aregbesola said the cardinal objective of his administration was to provide quality education to all students, adding that the institutions would be encouraged to shape the minds of the future leaders in the right direction.
He noted that education remained the greatest key to human development and therefore the best legacy any leader could bequeath on further generations.
“The world is now a global village and nobody knows where a student can find himself tomorrow; all hands must be on deck to make sure students go in the right direction as they pursue their careers,’’ he said.
Mr. Aregbesola urged members of the councils to develop new strategies to raise funds for the development of the various institutions.
Earlier, Titi Laoye-Tomori, the deputy governor, who also doubles as the Commissioner for Education, urged the councils to raise the standard of education in the state.
She noted that to meet the objective, the right people had been appointed by the state government to steer the ship of the institutions. She said she hoped to make polytechnics and colleges of education achieve the purpose for which they were established.
Responding, the Chairman, Governing Council State College of Technology, Esa Oke, Prof. Lai Fagbenle, expressed satisfaction with the calibre of the council members, adding that they would live up to expectations.
Also inaugurated were Olutumbi Maduka, Chairman State Polytechnic Iree; and Niyi Adedeji, Chairman State College of Education, Ilesa.
Others were Niyi Akande, Chairman state College of Education Ila-Orangun, as well as members of the governing councils.
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