Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq penultimate Friday inaugurated his new Special Adviser on Education Dr. Ariyike Salau.
He said her appointment will strengthen the policy direction in the education sector of the state.
AbdulRazaq added that his administration is taking all necessary steps to bequeath an education system that gives every Kwara child a fair shot in the race of life.
‘One of the legacies we want to leave for this state is a strong education system which gives every Kwara child a fair shot in the race of life. We want to ensure that our education offers learning outcomes that align with the 21st century realities.
Over the last four years, we have made significant investments in school infrastructure, sanitation facilities, information communication technology, recruitment of quality teachers, and prompt payment of their salaries, among other steps. We will do a lot more within the constraints of resources as the government also has a duty to build infrastructure that supports a stronger economy and ensure that no segment of the society is left behind.
The appointment of a renowned expert to join our great team will strengthen our policy direction in the education sector, especially in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This is necessary to give solid backgrounds to our children at the basic and senior secondary levels’ he said.
The governor has also taken concrete steps on the proposed Kwara State University of Education by inaugurating the committee that will birth it which is chaired by former Vice- Chancellor of the University of Ilorin ,Prof. Shuaib Oba Abdulraheem.
Other members of the committee include Deacon Pastor Afolayan J. Babatunde (Secretary); Prof. (Mrs) Medinat Salman; Prof. (Mrs) Sidikat F. Adeyemi; Prof. Umar Gunu; Engineer Sa’ad Belgore; Mrs. Risikat Lawal; Femi Aina; former Special Adviser on Special Duties Alhaji Abubakar Abdul-Razaq Jiddah; and a representative each of the Ministries of Housing and Urban Development and Justice.
‘I am proud to inaugurate this afternoon the committee of top educationists, bureaucrats, and patriots who have been selected to midwife the establishment of the proposed Kwara State University of Education. This is a historic duty.
I trust the committee to do a great job that would become a shining legacy for all of us’ the governor said.
The short ceremony was attended by the Chief of Staff to the Governor Prince AbdulKadir Mahe; Senior Adviser and Counselor Alhaji Sa’adu Salau; Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu; and Commissioner for Tertiary Education Dr. Mary Arinde.
Chairman, Committee on Study, Planning and Implementation of the proposed Kwara State University of Education, Prof Shuaib Oba Abdulraheem commended the governor’s foresight and commitment to advancing the state’s education system, calling it the right steps in the right direction.