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Education minister tasks south-west governors on Awolowo’s legacies

Minister of State for Education Goodluck Nana Opia, and Ogun State Governor presenting Bags to some out-of-school children

The Minister of State for Education, Goodluck Nana Opia has appealed to the South West Governors to emulate and sustain the legacies of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the field of education in order to rid the region of out-of-school children.

He made the appeal on Thursday in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, at the National campaign on out-of-school children.

Opia urged governors to prioritise education through increased budgetary allocations, infrastructural development and sustained public reorientation as ways of tackling the menace of out-of-school children.

“Bring all our children on board the ship of school” the Minister reiterated, emphasising the need for political will and total commitment.

Opia pointed out that system strengthening and increased enrollment are the key goals of the campaign adding that the involvement of traditional, religious, and community leaders was key to the attainment of the overall goal of eradicating out-of-school children.

Ogun state Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun in his keynote address, said the South West made a head start in education in Nigeria courtesy of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, adding that the Awolowo legacies would not be allowed to die.

Writing by Daniel Adejo