Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has promised to personally provide new uniforms for the over 400 pupils of Ifesowapo Community Primary School, Boluwaji, Ibadan which was the worst hit by the fire incident that recently engulfed the area.
The governor, who made the promise during a sympathy visit to the victims of the inferno on Friday, also ordered the immediate re-construction of the school.
He described the incident as a human factor that could have been avoided if proper care had been taken by the driver of the petrol tanker that ignited the fire.
“We will re-build the school and equip it with necessary furniture and teaching aids for effective teaching and learning,’’ Ajimobi said.
He reiterated his administration’s commitment to the overall development of the state, irrespective of party affiliation for the benefit of the people.
The governor, who described education as the best legacy that parent could bequeath to their children, urged parents and guardians to accord priority attention to the education of their children and wards.
“We will transform the state. We will develop education because it is the best legacy that we can bequeath to our children. Knowledge brings about the development of the mind, soul and the entire being. Every parent should provide adequate education for his children,’’ he said.
Ajimobi stressed the need for the people of the state to join hands with his administration in its development drive through payment of tax and tenement rate, adding that government alone could not develop key sectors without citizens’ support.
In his interaction with the teachers and pupils of the affected school, the governor stressed the need for the use of indigenous language in teaching and learning process.
“There is the need to use mother tongue to teach in our schools. If you go to Japan, China and Russia today, they use their own languages to teach in their schools. It helps more to use mother tongue than using English and other foreign languages,’’ he said.