By Akeeb Alarape, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has urged all aggrievedÂ parties in the recent court judgement over hijab to channel theirÂ grievances according to the rule of law and not result to self help.
This is coming just as he also distanced his administration from theÂ court judgement that allowed female Muslim students to wear Hijab toÂ school, saying the Judiciary is an independent arm of government.
Speaking while commissioning the ultra-modern St Michaelâ€™s RCM
Government Middle School, Ibokun, he stated that the decisions of the
courts are not subject to any influence by other arms of government.
Aregbesola stated that there are other legal options opened to any
party who feels strongly about the judgement, adding that appeal is
the best option in this situation.
He said, “It is funny for some people to insinuate that government has
a hand in the judgement. The government is a democracy, not a
theocracy.â€Ž Any student found disobeying school rule and regulation
risk expulsion from our schools.â€
The Governor said it is not the business of any government, through
the schools, to lead a child in a particular religious direction. That
will be for parents and religious institutions, in private capacity,
until the child is grown enough to make a decision on religion.
He said, â€œThe government therefore cannot support or be seen to be
supporting a particular religion. The government is a democracy, not a
theocracy. I believe also that parents and society should complement
the government in shaping the minds of the pupils to be receptive to
knowledge and godly character formation; to be sensitive to the need
of others, the plurality of our society and the imperative of mutual
toleration. They should also be brought up to be team players, even
when in a competitive environment. It amounts to subversion of the
educational needs of a child for them to be drawn into and used for
Speaking on the mega school which he opened in Ibokun, Aregbesola said
his administration is not just building schools across the state
because it wants to show off or has too much money and looking for
grandiose projects to spend it on.
He assured at the opening of the N164million project that none of the
ongoing projects in the state will be abandoned.
He chided the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the state for
ascribing the project of school buildings to funds from Federal
Government describing it as misleading and mischievous.
The Governor noted that the opposition in their character went about
slandering his administration when it dawned on them that they have
failed the people of Osun when they were in Government.
He added that, assuming without conceding that the money is from
federal Government, questions should be asked on what did the PDP do
with such fund when they were in power.
â€ŽAregbesola stressed that the commitment of his government on
education stems from the belief that the purpose of education is for
the development of the new man intellectually, socially and morally.
He said that the new man government is building in students across the
state is placed in the centre of society, who views his own
development as part of and for the development of society.
The Governor held that the middle school being commissioned, like the
others in the state, has the maximum capacity for 1000 pupils, 28
classrooms, an ICT room equipped with 30 computers, 24 toilets for
pupils and teachers, three head teachers/principalsâ€™ office, one staff
He listed others as one facility managerâ€™s office, a multi-purpose
hall, food court, library, sick bay, security/reception gatehouse and
According to him, “We are building a total of 170 state of the art
schools with 100 of them at Elementary, 50 Middle Schools and 20 High
Schools. Out of these, 14 Elementary Schools, 15 Middle Schools and 11
High Schools, including the one we are commissioning today, have been
completed, to the glory of God.
“Some are already commissioned while others are receiving finishing
touches and waiting to be commissioned too. We are going to complete
them before the expiration of our tenure. None of our projects will be
“The school being commissioned today cost the government a sum of N164
million. This includes the cost of the structure, furnishing and
landscape development. In spite of the lean resources of the state,
expending this sum on a school is a mark of our commitment to basic
Aregbesola added that government has attached performance index to
continuity and promotion for all public workers, stating that every
teacher will now be assessed based on performance on teaching and
grooming of their pupils and being a role model to them.
He averred that It will be absurd to retain and keep promoting
teachers whose pupils continue to fail both in learning and character,
noting that those who do well will be rewarded.
Earlier in her speech, the Deputy Governor, who also doubles as the
Commissioner for Education, Mrs Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori, said the
commissioning of the school was yet another glaring testimony of
government’s resolve to turn education around in the state.
She stated that the mission statement of the Aregbesola administration
is to provide a conducive atmosphere in all the three structural
categories of elementary, middle and high schools across the state.
She noted that the vision of the government in Osun is to make
education sector the best in Nigeria.
Adding that by the time all the schools were completed and put into
use, the state will take its rightful position in the comity of states
in the federation, she said “The mission state of our government on
the education sector is to provide a conducive learning environment
across the three structural categories of schools.
“The vision of this government is to be the undisputable leading light
in education in Nigeria,â€ she stated
The Principal of the school, Pastor Titus Olawoyin, commended the
governor for his achievement in education.
Olawoyin said through the erection of his school’s magnificent
building, stakeholders in education in the state will forever remember
He noted that teachers in the school will also be grateful to the
Governor for the magnificent edifice he turned their school into.