The Chairman of Association of Model Islamic Schools (AMIS), Oyo State Chapter, Alhaji Lawal Abass has appealed to governor Seyi to think twice on his decision to double levies on private schools in Oyo State.
This year’s Annual AMIS Children Get Together which was in honour of former Minister of Communication, Bar. Adebayo Shittu was held recently at Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Oke-Ado, Ibadan.
The Abuja based businessman and Founder of Otunba Hassan Olawale Giwa Foundation, Arc. Hassan Giwa who was the Special Guest at the event commended the leadership of AMIS for speaking with one voice to propagate, formulate and implement policies to championing the interests of Muslim schools and the cause of Islam. He also called for more parental care for the students.
While advising the leadership of the association, Giwa urged them to come up with innovations and ideas that will enhance the standard of education in member schools to enable the students to compete favourably without negating the fundamental principles of Islam.
He implored the parents to live up to expectations by giving priority to the education and wellbeing of their children.
In his opening address, the Oyo State Chairman, AMIS, Alhaji Lawal Abass disclosed that the purpose of the programme is to strengthen the unity among the member schools and children. He added that the association is aiming at providing sound and quality Islamic and Western education for the children.
He revealed that the choice to dedicating this year’s edition of the programme to Bar. Adebayo Shittu, who was a former Minister of Communication, was because of his antecedents as one of the founding fathers of the association.
Alhaji Abass appealed to the Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde to think twice on his proposition to double levies on private schools as the association is a partner in progress with the government.
In his keynote address, the state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Dawud Shangodoyin, who was represented by Mrs. Abiodun, appreciated the member school proprietors and proprietress for supporting the government by investing in education and future of the state.
Shangodoyin felicitated with the association and children, he advised them to always listen and obey to their teachers in order to achieve the desired result.
The former Minister of Communication, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, while appreciating the honour bestowed on him by the Oyo State chapter of AMIS, he pledged his commitment to the progress and development of the association.
While speaking, Shittu expressed his happiness over the increase in the membership of the association which he said has increased from about ten to 2000 when it was founded, with Oyo State chapter as the first branch.
In his lecture, Prof. Wole Abass of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Ibadan stated that Islam as a religion encourages socialization that promotes the religion fundamental principles. He added that a good Muslim must inculcate habits of good character, discipline and morality.
Prof. Abass, while commending the teachers who devoted their time to imparting knowledge into the children, urged parents to join hands with teachers to give the children positive education.
In attendance at the event is the Senator representing Oyo South Senatorial District, Senator (Dr.) Kola Balogun, who was represented by Hon. Taoheed Ayorinde, Alhaji AbdulGaniyy Opatole, Alhaja Shekinat Adekola among others.