Former Commissioner for Regional Integration & Special Duties in Osun State, Dr Ajibola Basiru on Wednesday distributed free uniform to students in government owned schools in the state.
The event which many of the teachers described as timely saw Laro Middle School received 194 uniforms and 64 uniforms to physically challenged pupils at the School for Persons with Special Needs, both in Osogbo, Osun state capital.
The double excitement of meeting the former commissioner who is also Alma Mata of Laro Grammar School and taking a free school uniform was not lost on the faces of the students and their teachers.
The Doctor of Law explained that the distribution of free uniforms is a social intervention programme meant to complements the effort of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s education agenda and to give back to the society.
While advising the pupils, Dr Ajibola said that there was need for the pupils in the state to face their study, saying the present administration under leadership of Aregbesola is aimed at producing total man who will not just be literate, but be educated enough to effect positive impact in the state and the nation as a whole.
Ajibola who described education as important element that can bring development to any society, stressed that the dream of the present administration was to make the pupils and entire students of the renowned scholars in the future so that they can be a pride to Osun State and the entire country.
The former commissioner who finished his secondary school at the Laro Grammar School in 1988, said that he had achieved a lot in life with the knowledge he received from his Alma Mata, admonishing the pupils to always put their best so as become successful persons in life.
While appreciating teachers of the school for their effort at making the students great, he urged the teachers to improve more in their teaching.
In his response, one of the Principals, Pastor Siyanbola Afolabi, expressed joy over the gesture by old student of the school, advising government and leaders to always remember their Alma Mata.
He urged the former commissioner to use his influence in the law profession and form Alumni Association where old students of school will be able to come together and contribute to the development of the school.
Afolabi who also appealed to Ajibola to facilitate dredging of borehole water and fencing of the school, added that teachers and students are prone to disease and danger by going to the bush to
Ajibola, however, promised to do whatever in his capacity to make the school one of the best in Osun state.
Speaking at the school for Special needs, Ajibola ordered immediate purchase of big refrigerator to the school, promising that he would continue to visit the school for the handicapped.