Sunday 11 February 2024

Bobaseye Fasakin Hails Ilesa Grams over Renaissance Award to Oyetola


An eminent Ijesa son and Chairman of the Ijesa People in Diaspora (IPiD), Chief Akinyemi Olusegun Fasakin, has expressed his gratitude to the leadership and members of the Ilesa Grammar School Old Students Association for bestowing their prestigious Renaissance Award on ex-Governor Adegboyega Oyetola on the occasion of the school's 90th Founders' Day celebrations.

In a statement issued on Saturday by Fasakin, the Bobaseye of Isolo-Ijesa, the award is a manifestation of the admiration of the people of Ijesaland for the former governor for his commitment to quality education, particularly for reversing the clumsy educational policy of his predecessor which had earlier impacted negatively on the standard of learning in the first secondary school in Ijesaland, the Ilesa Grammar School.

Recall that the famous Ilesa Grammar School was one of the few old institutions affected by the aberrant re-classification policy of ex-Governor Rauf Aregebola, a policy which almost left her in total ruins.

At the time, despite special appeals, through letters and physical representation made to the head of government then by patriotic Nigerians, including some illustrious old students of the school like Pastor Enoch Adeboye and Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the Government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola went on with the unpopular and deviant policy.

However, on assumption of office, after due consultation with major stakeholders in the state,  Oyetola abolished the widely criticized policy to allow for decency and orderliness in our schools.

For this singular patriotic decision of the current Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola remains a hero in Ijesaland and across the state.

The Bobaseye believes that this important honour bestowed on the former governor today would be a gate-opener for more of such accolades that would come his way in the days to come for his visionary leadership, resourceful management  of state finance and principled commitment to good governance.

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