The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, reacted to the current developmental issues in Osun State.
Aregbesola said he was pained by the poor state of education in the state.
The minister stated this on Thursday when he was presented the Life Time Achievement Award from the National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria in his office in Abuja.
He said the award is a testimony to his legacies in education development when he was the Osun State governor.
Aregbesola said his administration prioritized education and focused more on the value and quality of education given to students and pupils in the state.
He said his administration built 3,685 new classrooms and 11 world-class new schools.
He said “Osun was ranked as one of the 10th largest economy in Nigeria, ranked as 2nd highest in schools enrolment/attendance, next to Lagos State with enrolment moving from 15 to 45, and later to over 65 per cent by the time I left.
“But sadly today, the situation has changed. And it pained me that the vision and capacity that we demonstrated in delivering services to the people have been arrested. I am only putting the records straight and not to castigate anybody.
“In terms of security of lives and property, Osun was first in Nigeria peace index according to statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics (2018). Those who attempted to rob a bank in Osun paid the supreme price for their action as they were neutralised by security forces. We invested heavily on security and lifted over 700,000 people out of poverty.”