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Nigeria: Fafunwa’s Death a huge loss to Nigeria – Mark, Fashola and Mimiko

The Senate President David Mark has described late Babatunde Aliu Fafunwa as a foremost educationist and effective manager of human and material resources.

Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola, on Monday said with the passage of former education minister, Aliu Babatunde Fafunwa, Nigeria has lost a most committed educationist whose steadfast role in the upbringing of many generations of Nigerians spanned several decades.

This is as Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo has described the death of the foremost educationist as yet another demise of one of those who laboured for the educational advancement of this nation.

Mark in a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Paul Mumeh, on Tuesday in Abuja condoled with Fafunwa’s immediate family, the government and people of Lagos State.

He said that Fafunwa was an effective manager of human and material resources and education administrator per excellence.

He recalled Fafunwa’s passion and commitment to educational development of the nation when he introduced the 6-3-3-4 system of education into the school curriculum.

Fafunwa, Mark said, believed in functional and qualitative education needed for the development of the nation. “His death is a personal loss to me.

He was my friend and a committed nationalist. He was a detribalised Nigerian who sold the philosophy of qualitative and functional education to the generality of Nigerians,” Mark said.

Mark said: “It was Fafunwa’s belief in practical and functional education that informed his decision to introduce the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) among other revolutions he brought into our school curriculum. “We are going to miss his frank and honest advice. The nation has lost a rare nationalist, an international scholar and a fine gentleman,” he said.

The Senate President therefore urged the family, the government and people of Lagos State to take solace in the fact that Fafunwa left a worthy legacy that would endure for generations.

In a condolence letter to the widow, Doris Fafunwa, Fashola noted that both as a secondary school and later university teacher, Fafunwa gave a lot to the education system in the country, a commitment which was acknowledged by his elevation to the exalted position of federal minister of education.

Said he: “His most impactful years of service to his fatherland witnessed innovative developments like the 6 -3- 3- 4 system of education which sought to rescue the nation’s education system then on a downward slide”.

Governor Fashola stated that even while out of office Fafunwa continued to work for the development of education in the country through the numerous seminars, workshops and symposia to which he was invited to deliver papers across the country.

He added that it is indeed a glowing testimony to Fafunwa’s commitment to the educational sector that he answered the call of his maker while in Abuja to deliver one of his keynote lectures at the Open University in the Federal Capital Territory.

The Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has described the death of the foremost educationist as yet another demise of one of those who laboured for the educational advancement of this nation.

According to the governor, in a release issued by his chief press secretary, Kolawole Olabisi, by Fafunwa’s death, Nigeria has lost an icon who played pivotal roles in laying the foundation of Nigeria’s post- independence educational sector.