Fashola, Alakija harp on role of education in nation-building
LAGOS State governor, Babatunde Fashola and Africa’s richest woman, Mrs. Modupe Alakija, have both emphasised the role of education in nation-building, saying there is need for huge investment in education to accelerate development. The duo spoke on Thursday at the commissioning of the ultra-modern block of 18 classrooms at Alice Ogbara Memorial Junior Secondary School at Sabo Oniba in Ojo area of the state, donated by the philanthropist to the state government. Speaking at the occasion, Fashola who also commissioned the Ebute Ojo and Ijegun Egba jetties and two blocks of classrooms at Iba Housing Estate Senior Secondary, also in the Ojo axis of the state, said his administration is committed to educational excellence. Fashola said education remained the most important currency in the world, urging well-meaning individuals and corporate organisations to emulate the Alakijas’s support for education in the country. He said, “Private sector participation in educational development is required to raise the standard of education. Let parents, leaders of the communities show more commitment to education.” The governor said the state government’s huge investment in education has enhanced the quality of education in the state, saying performance of students in the West Africa School Certificate Examination has improved from ten percent to forty-one percent. Earlier, Mrs. Modupe Alakija said the ultra modern Alice Ogbara Memorial Junior Secondary School was donated by the family to the state government to revamp education in the state.