As part of efforts to enhance the standard and quality of education in Ogun state, the wife of the governor of Ogun state, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun in partnership with Learn Africa Plc, has donated over 42,000 books to public primary and secondary schools in Ogun state.
At the ceremony which was held at the MTR Hall, GRA, Ibara, Abeokuta, today, Mrs. Abiodun lamented the state of the education sector in Ogun state as it had dropped from the forefront to the 23rd position in the country.
She stated that the mission of the present administration was to ensure that all children had access to quality education adding that the donation of the books and learning materials was in line with the mission.
Mrs.Abiodun encouraged the pupils and students to take advantage of the gesture to concentrate on their studies stating that “books are not valuable except they are read”.
She expressed gratitude to Learn Africa Plc, for the kind gesture and support they gave to Ogun state urging individuals and organizations to borrow a leaf from them.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Oluola Aikulola earlier in his welcome address described education as life and necessity of human advancement, lauding the gesture as contribution to nation building.
He said “any individual or group who expose these young people to learning does not only prepare them for survival but is also contributing to nation building”.
The Board Secretary, SUBEB, Mr. Wasiu Kuye, in his goodwill message, commended Learn Africa for the rich and relevant contents of the books which he said would not only assist learners but would also promote learning.
He called on stakeholders, individuals and corporate organizations to take a clue from the donor to support and enhance education stating that the responsibility could not be borne by governments alone.
The Managing Director, Learn Africa, Alhaji Salisu Hassan Bala in his remark, reiterated his company’s support for the state promising to always be there whenever their support would be needed.