The Governors of Borno and Kebbi States, Alhaji Kashim Shettima and Atiku Abubakar Bagudu, have expressed conviction that their colleague in Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has recorded feats that could be emulated by other governors in Nigeria.
The two northern governors in Nigeria at the weekend described Osun State’s education system as one of the best in the world.
In a statement signed by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, the two governors were quoted as speaking as guests at the official commissioning of the Islamic Centre for Research and Human Development, a project of an Islamic group, the Ja’amatul Ta’awunil Musleem, in Iwo, Osun State.
The centre was built by the religious organization in recognition of Aregbesola’s commitment to education.
The northern governors said no state in Nigeria has done what Aregbesola did in the education sector.
The duo noted that Osun State has not only revolutionalised education system in the country, but also democratized education for easy accessibility by common citizens.
The governors, who described Osun State education system as a model, said Aregbesola has set the pace for others in the education sector to follow.
The two northern governors commended his commitment to human and capital development, saying Aregbesola has made them proud in all sectors.
Particularly, the two governors said what is unique about Aregbesola’s sterling performance is the very lean resource available to his government while putting in place the people-focused policies.
Shettima said Aregbesola has invested hugely in the youths of Osun State as this is reflected in the various state-of-the-arts schools being constructed across the state.
He described Osun State education as one that can compare easily and favourably in the world, saying this has been seen as a landmark achievement made by the government.
Shettima asserted that Osun State mega schools, which, according to him, have been the hallmark of Aregbesola’s successes, cannot only stand the test of time but compare favourably with others anywhere in the world.
He said: “The people of Osun may not appreciate Aregbesola now until he leaves because it is common that good leaders are not appreciated while in power until they leave.
“This is my second time in Osun within 12 months.
“I am familiar to this state.
“I am fully aware of the economic capacity of this state.
“I am aware of the state resources.
“It is not news that Osun realises meagre resources every month.
“The state’s resources can never be compared with Lagos, Ogun, Oyo or any state in Nigeria.
“Aregbesola has invested hugely in the youths of Osun as this is reflected in the various state-of-the-arts schools being constructed across the state.
“This is a landmark achievement because Osun Mega schools, which have been the hallmark of Governor Aregbesola’s government, cannot only stand the test of time, but compare favourably with others anywhere in the world.
“I know Aregbesola very well.
“He is not a rich man by any standard, but a committed man who has worked with high sense of commitment to rescue the people of the state and her economy from collapse.
“Aregbesola’s commitment to education has been rewarded tremendously as this is manifested in the successes recorded by the 85 medical students sponsored by the state to Ukraine for further academic studies.
“I will urge the people of the state to cherish Governor Aregbesola and respect him because he is a man whose passion for human and capital development cannot be measured.
“I have seen in Governor Aregbesola a rare determination to bring much out of little.
“That is why Osun is progressing even with little resources and meagre allocation from the Federation Account.
“In fact, Aregbesola is an embodiment of anything positive
“The people of Osun may not appreciate Aregbesola now until he leaves because it is common that good leaders are not appreciated while in power until they leave.”
Also, Bagudu said Aregbesola has set a new standard to revive education in Nigeria.
According to him: “What Aregbesola has done to education sector, no state has done it in Nigeria.
“He has not only revolutionalised education sector in Nigeria, but set a new standard for all to emulate.
“I cherish so much the achievements made in the education sector by the Aregbesola-led administration.
“He has laboured with high sense of sincerity and honesty to ensure that the education sector in the state is not only revamped but accessible to all.
“He is a man who serves with passion to ensure that no one suffers.
“Even in the face of limited resources and daunting economic situations, Aregbesola has done excellently well.
“To me, Governor Aregbesola’s interventions have been yielding positive fruits as many of the state’s projects have witnessed huge replication by various governments.
“I know Aregbesola as a man who speaks for justice.
“Being a good Muslim, he has demonstrated the virtues of humility, loyalty and sincerity in all his actions and inactions.
“Though he might not be appreciated now because some leaders like him are not oftentimes valued while in power, but sooner or later, we will see the need to appreciate him for all his good works.
“I am very happy that Osun is blessed to have Aregbesola.
“He is selfless, nationalistic and dedicated to serve.
“He is a moral beacon in Nigeria.
“I came to Osun because I used to honour Aregbesola’s invitation each time I am invited simply because of what he has done for his people in Osun.
“Aregbesola has made us proud not only in All Progressives Congress, but in the Governors’ Forum.
“He is a factor for national development and nation building.
“Aregbesola is a democrat par excellence as this is being exhibited in all his interventions.”
Also, former Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, described Governor Aregbesola as one of the most valuable Nigerians whose roles can never be over-emphasised.
Ndume said Aregbesola has brought unprecedented developments to the state through his interventions in all sectors.
In his remarks, Aregbesola commended the Islamic group for promoting education through religion.
He noted that Ta’awuni has done so much in educating the society, a move which he said has helped in eliminating literacy in Iwo and its environs.