Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, says the task of making education qualitative and functional cannot be accomplished by government alone.
He has therefore called on corporate bodies to support his government by extending their corporate social responsibility gestures to Ondo State by way of providing learning and instructional materials which will make acquisition of knowledge easy under conducive environments in schools across the state.
The governor spoke at the commissioning of 165 furniture, comprising chairs, desks and tables for teachers and students of Aquinas College, Akure (ACA), donated by MTN Foundation.
Governor Akeredolu who used the opportunity to hint on his administration’s resolve to review the curriculum of Primary and post- Primary levels of education with a view to building solid foundation for education which was described the most portent agent of societal development said plans were underway by the State Government to renovate public primary and secondary schools in the state.
“Improving the school environment is very crucial to learning. We have invited interested persons to ameliorate the acute infrastructural deficit occasioned by neglect.
“It is an unpardonable omission for a society which expects development to neglect it’s primary and secondary levels
“We believe that our children deserve to learn in a conducive environment. Only under a conducive environment can make meaningful learning take place,” he said.
While appreciating the telecommunication giant for its intervention, Arakunrin Akeredolu said the gesture would impact highly on the education of pupils and students of the state.
Earlier, the Chairman of MTN-Foundation Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi had said, through the foundation, the people of Ondo State had benefited from various projects valued at over N236 million in the last 12 years.
He explained that they had also invested over N96 million on providing scholarships and school furniture to students in Ondo State.
“We remain determined to continue improving the quality of life of the people of our nation and bringing hope to our young ones, assisting them to scale hurdles in their path to learning and development.
“I am particularly glad that the 150 students desks and benches as well as 15 teacher tables and chairs being donated by the MTN Foundation, will enhance the learning experience for the current set of students.
“They are our future and equipping them with the tools needed to learn, grow and succeed is critical to their development which will in turn, act as a catalyst for our nations progress”, he said.
Adeluyi further advised the students of the school to use the new facilities properly and to take advantage of the enhanced learning environment to further enhance their learning.
In his show of appreciation on behalf of the school community, the Principal of Aquinas College, Akure, Pastor Babalola Ayibiowu, thanked the communication outfit for its laudable and humanitarian gestures towards the development of Public Schools in Ondo State.
He added that the furniture donated would go a long way at making teaching and learning more exciting in the school.
“No doubt, a viable seed sown into a fertile, will give birth to gigantic trees with fruits for generations to harvest”, he said.
Dignitaries at the ceremony include: Deputy Governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi; Secretary to the State Government, Hon Ifedayo Abegunde; Head of Service, Mr. Toyin Akinkuotu; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr Steve Awosika.
Others are the President, Old students Association of Aquinas College, Akure (ACA), Dr.Adewumi Abitoye; prominent old students of the college who attended the programme include Mr, BJ Lawani and Mr Tunji Ariyomo. Staff,students and some parents attended the programme.