Governor Rauf Aregbesola
By Yinka Kolawole
In line with its six-point Integral Action Plan, Osun State Government has approved the sewing of 750,000 uniforms for all its students in public primary and secondary schools in the state.
Also, about 3,000 local tailors are to be engaged to sew the uniforms, with a view to stimulating the economy of the state and promote the local contents policy of the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
The state Deputy Governor, Mrs. Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, disclosed this in Osogbo, the state capital, yesterday at a reception organised in her honour by a non-political organisation, Osogbo Solidarity Group (OSG).
According to her, the state government’s decision to sew uniform for all the pupils in public schools was part of the strategies to revamp and promote qualitative education in all public schools in the state.
Blaming critics who have tagged the decision of the government to sew the uniforms as part of the alleged plan to islamise the state and force the use of Hijab on students of public schools, the deputy governor said the administration would not be deterred from developing the state educational system.
Speaking also, Aregbesola justified government’s decision to sew uniforms for students, saying though his administration welcomed constructive criticism, but political players must desist from pull-him-down syndrome.
Aregbesola, who described the deputy governor as loyal and hardworking, pointed out that politics is a vehicle for development of any society, if properly applied.
Some prominent indigenes of Osogbo at the event including the Chairman, Governing Council, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile Ife, Senator Olu Alabi, and a businessman, Asiwaju Olatunde Badmus, both described the developmental initiatives of the state government as commendable, urging the government to actualise its agenda aimed at ensuring that Osogbo becomes a befitting state capital.