Wife of the Ondo State governor, Arabinrin Betty-Anyanwu Akeredolu today led her entourage to Auga Akoko community to distribute learning materials to the school children for the annual Back-to-School programme.
This year’s edition, held on the field ground of Auga Community Grammar School also featured presentation of Solayo kits to pregnant women, the distribution of incentives to teachers, and gifts to the aged.
According to Arabinrin Akeredolu, the initiative which commenced in 2017 was aimed at encouraging teachers and students to take teaching and learning processes seriously at the beginning and throughout every academic session.
Addressing the people of the community, the wife of the governor noted that she identified with the community, having hailed from a community that shares almost same fate with Auga in terms of lack of socio-economic and human capital development.
She noted that Auga community grammar school was purposively selected for the third edition of Back-to-School programme, in order to ascertain the level of government’s commitment towards education in rural communities.
Arabinrin Akeredolu stressed the need for individuals, and governments to develop deliberate interest in communities, and therefore, advised Auga leaders to work collaboratively towards the progress of the community.
“The elite most especially should constitute an all-embracing Community Development Committee in order to speak with one voice and attract sustainable development projects like the established Cattle Ranch to the community.
” No quarter or section of the community must be left behind in seeking ways to develop the community. Every input from both the young and old, men and women, the educated and those without formal education would be required in achieving the desired goals of the community.
“Discrimination or marginalization in any form must not be tolerated, as these are traits that act as brick walls to the development of any community or society”, she advised.
The Alauga of Auga-Akoko, Oba Samuel Agunloye, the Asulu V, commended the magnanimity of Mrs. Akeredolu for remembering the community, noting that she is the first wife of the State governor to ever visit them in person.
He lauded her efforts to put smile in the faces of women and children across the state through her various initiatives, like BEMORE, FOWOSO, SOLAYO, among others.
The monach, therefore, used the medium to acquaint her with some challenges confronting the community, which she promised to brief governor about.
Earlier, the Caretaker Chairman of Akoko North East, Mr. Ashimiyu Adekunle had also commended the First Lady for not defiling the insecurity situation in the area, and visited the community.
He described the Back-to-School initiative as a demonstration of her passion for education.
The school Principal, Mr. J. O Olaoye, decried the poor state of the school, including low patronage, and inadequate teaching and non-teaching staff, and appealed to the government to come to their rescue.
As part of her visit to Auga, Arabinrin Akeredolu also toured the Cattle Ranch situated in the community.