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Oyetola, others urge sustenance of Awo’s educational legacies

By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
22 October 2021   |   3:08 am
Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola and former governor of the state, Chief Bisi Akande, have advocated the sustenance of the educational legacies of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

Governor Oyetola of Osun State

Osun gov bags Awo’s free education award of OAU

Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola and former governor of the state, Chief Bisi Akande, have advocated the sustenance of the educational legacies of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

Oyetola, who bagged the Awolowo free education award of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, yesterday, restated his commitment to sustaining the legacy of free education in the state.

He received the award at the 2021 edition of the Lecture Series of the institution’s Faculty of Education, which was delivered by Akande.

The award, according to the organisers, was in recognition of the governor’s significant efforts to turn around the educational fortunes in the state within almost three years of his administration.

Oyetola, who dedicated the award to the memory of the founder of free education in Nigeria, the late Awolowo, and the people of Osun, described the honour as “an invitation to continue to seek better and improved ways to sustain free education in the knowledge and technology-driven world.”

The governor also restated his commitment to sustaining the legacy of free education in Osun State, adding that his administration had succeeded in its resolve to retain education as the bedrock of socio-economic and infrastructural development.

Akande, who spoke on the theme of the lecture, “Awolowo Legacies In Education and Policies: Enduring Lessons for Contemporary Nigeria,” said the late Obafemi Awolowo was an exceptional model in politics whose indelible legacies in education could not be over-emphasised.

Meanwhile, receiving Governor Oyetola and other awardees, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, lauded the administration of Oyetola for investing hugely in the education sector as manifested in the success the state had recorded so far.

Ogunbodede said: “This programme is aimed to honour our own, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, whose passion and love for education cannot be quantified. He used all the available resources to advance education and his legacy lives till now.”

SIMILARLY, the representatives of the National Leader, All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, lauded Awolowo’s enduring legacy on education.