By; Bayo Akamo, Ibadan.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi has promised to personally provide new uniforms for the over 400 pupils of Ifesowapo Community Primary School, Boluwaji, Ibadan affected by the recent petrol tanker fire that burnt down the school and other houses in the area.
The governor, who made the promise during a sympathy visit to the victims of the inferno, also advocated the use of mother tongue in teaching and learning process in schools in the country.
Speaking during the visit, Governor Ajimobi ordered immediate reconstruction of the school, stressing that the fire incident was a human factor which could have been avoided if proper care had been taken by the driver of the petrol tanker that ignited the fire.
“We will re-build the school and equip it with necessary furniture and teaching aids for effective teaching and learning. We will transform the state. We will develop education because it is the best legacy that we can bequeath to our children. Knowledge brings about the development of the mind, soul and the entire being. Every parent should provide adequate education for his children,’’ he said.
The governor maintained that his administration is committed to the overall development of the state, irrespective of party affiliation for the benefit of the people, saying, education stands as the best legacy that parent could bequeath to their children.
He then urged parents and guardians in and across the state to accord priority attention to the education of their children and wards by joining hands with his administration in its development drive through payment of tax and tenement rate.
According to Governor Ajimobi, it was glaring now than before that government alone could not develop key sectors without citizens’ support.
In his comment during an interaction with the teachers and pupils of the affected school, the governor emphasized the need for the use of indigenous language in teaching and learning process, saying “there is the need to use mother tongue to teach in our schools. If you go to Japan, China and Russia today, they use their own languages to teach in their schools. It helps more to use mother tongue than using English and other foreign languages’’.