Amosun vows to sustain Awo’s legacies

Posted by News Express | 4 March 2016 | 2,100 times

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Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has said that his administration would continue to sustain the legacies of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

Governor Amosun stated this on Thursday while speaking at the 2016 Obafemi Awolowo Birthday Commemorative Symposium held at the Ikenne residence of the late former Premier of the defunct Western Region.

While eulogising the visionary leadership of the late sage, Governor Amosun said that he evolved a template and benchmark for good governance in the country which, for several decades after his death, has remained very relevant.

Speaking at the event, Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, promised that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will continue to strive to meet the expectations of Nigerians in spite of the prevailing socio-economic challenges.

Mallam El-Rufai reaffirmed the determination of the APC-led Federal Government to deliver on its campaign promises to Nigerians.

He stressed the need for public office holders to do whatever was necessary to better the lives of their people as exemplified by the leadership style of the late Awolowo rather than embarking on projects that may not necessarily be beneficial for the masses.

Mallam El-Rufai described the late Chief Awolowo as a progressive leader whose free education policy and other programmes remain a reference point for the nation.

In a lecture titled “Awo, then and now: Politics, economics and education”, Professor Segun Gbadegesin, the guest speaker at the event, advised governments at all levels to adopt the ideals of free education, true federalism and good governance of the former Premier of the defunct Western Region.

Prof. Gbadegesin expressed worry over the failure rate of students in public examinations as well as the increasing incidences of examination malpractices which he attributed to poor education policy implementation.

Speaking earlier, the chairperson, Obafemi Awolowo Foundation, Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, explained that the symposium was organised to proffer solutions to some of the challenges confronting the nation.

•Photo shows, L-R; former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili; Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai; guest speaker, Professor Segun Gbadegesin and Executive Director, Obafemi Awolowo Foundation, Dr. Mrs. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu at the 2016 Obafemi Awolowo Birthday Commemorative Symposium held on Thursday at the Ikenne residence of the late Awolowo.


Source: News Express

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