Yinka Salaam, Osogbo
The Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, in Nigeria has rated the western State of Osun high in projects implementation.
Aside commendation in outstanding performance in the execution of projects, the Commission also applauded the state for its prompt and faithfulness to the payment of counterpart funding.
The leader of the UBEC delegation, Percy Osundu who led the UBEC Board members who were on a courtesy visit to the governor made the commendation after the assessment of some of the counterpart-funded projects in Osun State.
“So far, we have seen the exceptional performance of the state in the education sector, most importantly in the area of basic education.
“As a matter of fact, with what we have seen in Osun, we are confident to say Osun is one of the states where education has been given topmost priority, and where education infrastructure receives optimum attention.
“There is no doubt in the fact that in terms of marching grants, Osun is top on the list as the state has been prompt and diligent in the fulfilment of its obligations.
“I must commend the administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for the love and passion attached to education. We will take this to Abuja as we also appeal to the state not to relent in its efforts at providing quality education.
Osundu commended governor Oyetola’s administration, describing Osun as a model in the education sector and expressed confidence in the state education policy which he said had impacted the lives of the young ones and the people at large.
“When we were in Ondo State, we thought we had seen it all, but with what we have seen in Osun in terms of infrastructure development and support to the quality education, it is clear that Osun has been compementing the efforts of the Commission at promoting education,” he said.
Out of school children
The leader of the UBEC delegation wants the state government to do more on out-of-school children.
While noting that the incidence of out of school children is very minimal in the state, he expressed belief hat the gesture would further advance the cause of the education sector.
Responding, governor Oyetola said the administration decided to prioritise education because of its potentials as the bedrock of any meaningful development.
“I am glad that you are here not only to see our little efforts in the education sector but to also assess the commitment that we have attached to the provision of quality education.
“We have been able to achieve all we have achieved because we place much premium on education, which is why we have been prompt and consistent in the payment of our counterpart funds.
“Our commitment to the payment of counterpart funds is not limited to the education sector alone, it is so in other sectors that require counterpart funding”.
Oyetola said Osun state was committed to making education attractive, affordable and accessible to all.
Members of the delegation include: Alhaji Badamosi Musa, the UBEC Director of Audit Department; Mr. Noel Jossou, the UBEC Social Mobilisation Officer; Mr. KamorudeenJimoh, Osun State UBEC Coordinator and Alhaji Mustapha Abdulganiy, UBEC State Administrative officer.