Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun on Thursday said his administration would continue to focus on education as the primary driver of the developmental agenda of the state.Osun to focus on education as driver of development — OyetolaGov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun on Thursday said his administration would continue to focus on education as the primary driver of the developmental agenda of the state.

Oyetola said this at the foundation laying ceremony of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) permanent office complex in Osogbo.

The governor said that the state would continue to support all efforts by the council to preserve the integrity of the school certificate examination.

“As an administration, we regard education as the driver of our development agenda and our children as the strength of our sustainable development efforts.

“We are therefore putting every thinking and efforts into providing adequate sustainable, qualitative and functional education for our children,” Oyetola said.

He noted that WAEC had been playing a huge role in tackling examination malpractice, protecting the integrity of the state’s examinations and steadily improving the quality of its students.

“There is no doubt that the project whose sod we are turning today are remarkable responses to the challenges in the contemporary educational space.

“The facility will enhance the efficiency of the staff of the examination body in the state, ease examination administration and tackle examination misconduct significantly.

“The State of Osun has zero tolerance for examination misconduct and we are ready to work with WAEC to flush the monster out of our educational system.

“We believe that the best way to build the leaders of tomorrow and achieve sustainable development is to improve on the integrity of our education and the sanctity of our examination,” he said.

Earlier, Mr Olu Adenipekun, Head of  National Office (HNO) of WAEC said the sod turning ceremony was for the construction the council’s permanent office, a Computer Based Testing (CBT) centre and an examination hall.

“WAEC is determined to complete this project within a maximum period of 18 months.

“The objective of the council in this regard is to build this edifice in every state of the federation for ease of operation, maintain the integrity of its examination as well as reduce cost of operation as it continues to position its self as Africa’s foremost examination body,” the HNO said.

Adenipekun, whose tenure comes to an end in March, stated that it was the council’s determination to continue to bring its operations closer to the people by ensuring the establishment of offices in all the states across the country.

He noted that this would eliminate loss of man-hours and the hazards of travelling to other states to transact business with the council.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the WAEC team is in Osogbo for the 37th Test Administration Division Planning and Coordination Committee meeting involving its zonal coordinators and branch controllers as well as its management staff in Nigeria.

It is at this meeting that all arrangements for the conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates in 2020 would be discussed and finalised.