The Executive Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, says his administration will ensure conducive learning environment in the public schools in the state.
Akeredolu made the promise while inaugurating an ultra-modern toilet and water supply facilities donated by 1979 graduating set of Commercial Secondary School, Akure to the school.
The donation commemorates 40th anniversary of their graduation from the school.
The governor, who was represented by Hon. Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Titi Adeyemi noted that he was delighted to celebrate with the 1979 set of the school.
He appreciated the old students for donating the facilities to the school, urging students and teachers of the school to ensure that the facilities were properly taken care of.
Akeredolu emphasized that the government could not do it alone without the support of stakeholders.
He assured the school that the state Commissioner of Education had taken note of all the requests made by the school concerning other facilities that were needed, knowing the importance of having a conducive learning environment for the students of the school.
In his words, Hon. Commissioner for education,Science and Technology, Femi Agagu, said the occasion was a unique one occasioned by the spirit of fellowship,love and friendship displayed by the set after 40 years.
Agagu also commended the set for setting the pace for others to follow, saying that the state government had contributed immensely in education and successfully executed 553 projects covering 309 public schools.
According to him, there is prompt payment of teachers salaries and allowances.
The commissioner said that it was not possible for only the government to contribute to education, saying there was need to work with old students.
Responding to the gesture, the principal of the school thanked God for the dream of Chief Wilfred R.O Adinlewa of blessed memory,who established the school;the pioneer principal, Chief Omo Famubo; the vision and passion of his successor, Rev. Canon. J.A. Olusaga who transformed the school curriculum into a comprehensive one.
He also thanked the members and the leadership of the set who conceived the idea of bequeathing the facilities to their young ones.
The principal noted that the set effort at giving back to the school was a sign of gratitude and a show of affinity to the school.
He, therefore, thanked the state governor for the prompt payment of teachers’ salaries and allowances, payment of outstanding salaries with leave bonuses inherited from the past administration and for priortizing education of the state as the instrument through which decadence in society could be dealt with.
Chief Sam Falayi, the Senior Prefect of the 1979 set, expressed his sincere appreciation to the state governor, describing him as amiable,indefatigable, pragmatic, and workaholic.
Falayi added that the governor’s commitment to the development of the state and her people had earned him the appellations “Mr Infrastructure and Architect of modern Ondo State.”