Politicians aspiring to be Governor in Osun should stop peddling falsehood and be maligning Governor Rauf Aregbesola in order to endear themselves to the electorate.
The Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr. Sola Fasure, in a statement charged aspirants that have now turned overnight critics because they wanted Aregbesola’s job to know that the kite will not fly as the people of the state is abreast of what the governor has done for the state.
He held that with the administration of Aregbesola winding off, aspirants want to outdo one another in gunning for the state’s top job by promising to perform more than the incumbent if given the opportunity to serve.
The statement noted that such aspirants regrettably but brazenly alter statistics, fabricate figures which are non-existing and justify what ought not to be, all in the name of wanting to give the administration of Aregbesola a bad name in order to hang it.
Fasure said the people of Osun are not forgetful, stating that they know, see and feel what Aregbesola did and is still doing in the state.
According to the statement, “One of the supposed governorship aspirants recently said the state of education in Osun is in a bad shape and that there was a disconnect in the provision of infrastructure and economic development, promising that he possess the magic wand to synergize the two and fix education.
“But if a calabash isn’t broken, do we employ someone to still fix it? This critic was, fortunately, part of the education summit called by Aregbesola in 2011 to fix the education sector ran aground by in seven years of misrule of the administration before Aregbesola.
”This critic was not a governorship aspirant then and he did not see that education was in shambles. Even at that, he was privileged to serve in the summit with the Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka.
”The outcome of that brainstorming at the summit produced the template with which the government tailored its restructuring. And today, the state has witnessed tremendous improvement in all ramifications as far as education is concerned in the state.”
”The criticism must have stemmed from the utter lack of knowledge of performance charts and attention to details commonly exhibited by those who do not want to see anything good attributed to the Aregbesola administration”.
The statement also noted that past records and statistics of students supplied by WAEC in the past years have shown that there is a significant improvement in the percentage of overall results of the student compared to the 2010 performance in the pre-Arebesola era.
He added that a comparison between pre and post-Aregbesola administrations will put a nail to the coffin of mischief makers, saying “In 2007, the state registered 36,171 candidates for WAEC examination out of which 2,483 representing 6.86 percent had credit pass in five subjects, including English and Mathematics.
”In 2008, it was 37,715 candidates with 3,813 pass, representing 10.11 percent. In 2009 it was 39,676 candidates, with 5,545 passes, representing 13.98 percent. In 2010 it was 43,216 candidates, with 6,777 passes, representing 15.68 percent. If you put these four years together, you will get an average of 15.68 percent.
”Put side by side, the above four-year performances, with that of Aregbesola’s administration when the government started sponsoring candidates for WAEC in 2011, one would glean the wide gulf in performances of both governments.”
”That year, 2011 and the first year of Aregbesola’s government, the state fielded 53,293 candidates, had 11, 672 pass, representing 21.98 percent.”
”In 2012, the government fielded 51,463 out of which 11,431 passed, representing 22.21 percent. In 2013, it also fielded 47,013 candidates, recorded 9,301 passes, representing 19.78 percent.”
”In 2014, government-sponsored 47,672 candidates, 9,316 of them passed, representing 19.54 percent. Taken together, the average performance for Aregbesola’s first four years was 20.88 percent. Compared with the average performance (13.26 percent) of the three years that preceded it.”
“The percentage improvement in performance during Aregbesola’s tenure is put at an impressive 57.46 percent, thus, those who said Osun is declining are not being honest.”
“The above data shows that their claims are totally unfounded. The performance of pupils has not gone down under the watch of Aregbesola, This significant improvement in performance was nothing other than an outstanding result brought about by careful and strategic planning by the administration”. Fasure emphasized.
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