The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde says his intention is to upgrade the State’s budgetary allocation for education from 10 to 12 percent by the year 2020.
Makinde said this while commissioning exercise books and textbooks to be distributed free of charge to students of public primary and secondary schools in the State.
The distribution of book items was based on a decision reached at the first Oyo State Executive Council meeting.
The brief ceremony held at the Executive Council Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Agodi, Secretariat, Ibadan, was to commemorate the Governor’s first 100 days in Office.
Governor Makinde said the distribution of free exercise books and textbooks was nothing new as he too enjoyed the same gesture in his days as a student, noting that it was to complement the State government’s free education policy and give the students the opportunity to thrive.
He stated that, “What we’ve done is to go back to that era when education was well-planned and well-funded. We are just starting the process of next year’s Budget…we cannot spend less than 10 percent on education, I’ll even ask that we increase it to 12 percent.”
Expressing confidence that more policies that would bring accelerated development to the State would be introduced, Makinde affirmed that the focus of his administration is to deliver value to citizens, stating that the State needed to regain its glory of being the intellectual capital of the continent.
“It’s not one giant step that we need to make, it’s little steps like these: get the materials that our students require to excel, motivate the teachers, get the infrastructure that will get both the teachers and the students to operate in an atmosphere that is conducive to fulfil the mandate that we’ve given to them,” he said.
The Governor also revealed that free intervention classes would be opened for students who have to write external examinations in the State, from 2:30pm to 4:30pm on weekdays, while Saturday classes would open from 9am to 1pm.
Makinde encouraged the students by saying, “I hope you’re going to be serious with your studies and make us proud, make us feel like we haven’t spent the money for fun. And the parents also…please release these students to participate in the intervention lectures and I believe we’ll have the opportunity to take education glory back to Oyo State. “
One of the students present at the commissioning, Oluwatobiloba Fagade of T.L. Oyesina Model Senior Secondary School, who spoke on behalf of other students in the State, expressed appreciation to the Governor for the books donated and promised that there would be an improvement in their performance.
“We are using this medium to promise the Governor that the position of being the 26th would be increased and our State will be among one to ten in the next WAEC and we promise him that Oyo State will be the best in Nigeria,” he said.
The exercise books were six Big Note exercise books of 60 leaves for each pupil at the Primary and Junior Secondary School levels while six big note exercise books of 80 leaves would be given to students in Senior Secondary Schools.
The commissioning ceremony had in attendance, the Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan; the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Bisi Ilaka; the Head of Service, Ololade Agboola; the Secretary to the State Government, Olubamiwo Adeosun and the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Nureni Adeniran.
Also present were the Deputy Chief of Staff, Abdulmojeed Mogbonjubola, commissioners, permanent secretaries, executive secretaries, special advisers, directors-general, executive assistants, senior special assistants and special assistants, among others.