Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has said his administration had bequeathed a worthy legacy of sound learning and character to Osun pupils in all strata of education in the state.
He attributed the monumental achievements which his administration has recorded in the education sector as a direct indication of his administration’s commitment to revamp, revive, transform and change the face of education in the state.
Aregbesola made the statement while addressing the people during the 2018 Osun State-Wide School Calisthenics Competition Grand Finale, organized by the Department of Social and Grassroots Mobilization and Guidance, Office of the Governor.
He said his administration has rebranded and placed Osun on the path of healthy, growing, economic development and prosperity as reflected in the successes of his policies and programmes.
Aregbesola, who said the state under his watch has not only popularized calisthenics as a critical extra-curriculum engagement, held that the exercise has come to stay not only within the pupils in public schools but also among the pupils in private schools.
The governor said he could confidently say that callisthenics had come to stay in Osun State, saying he had no doubt that it is one of the lofty programmes that would be continued by the coming administration, with the prospect of spreading it to other states of the federation.
He noted that calisthenics incorporates the three domains of education, the cognitive, psychomotor and the affective while also developing the athlete in knowledge, skill, vigour and agility.
According to the Governor, calisthenics also encourages the teaching of morals and impacting of attitudes whose absence in citizens constitute one of Nigeria’s biggest challenges today.
In his welcome address, the Commissioner for Education, Mr Wasiu Kolawole Omotunde-Young, commended the administration of Governor Aregbesola for bringing back to life and for sustaining the already dead calisthenics exercise.
Omotunde-Young, who was represented by the Director, Department of Social and Grassroots Mobilization and Guidance, Comrade Bayo Ojo, noted that Osun remains the only state in Nigeria particular in the southwest region, where all government policies are people-centred and masses-oriented.
He lauded the Aregbesola’s policies and programmes on education which he said had impacted greatly in transforming the lives of the young ones, securing and guaranteeing a better future for them.
The Commissioner said the state had made tremendous achievements through her life-changing, life-supporting, life-sustaining policies and programmes not only in education but across sectors.