By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) in Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Thursday paid the NECO examinations fee of 19 prisoners at the Agodi prison yard in Ibadan.
According to a statement issued by the Seyi Makinde Campaign Organisation and signed by Prince Dotun Oyelade made available to newsmen, the PDP governorship candidate also promised to provide the 19 prisoners qualified teachers and text books.
Speaking at a brief ceremony after meeting with the beneficiaries Engineer Makinde told the Oyo state Controller of Prisons, Mr Tosin Akinrujomu that he was encouraged by the determination of the prisoners to forge ahead with their lives despite the distraction of prison life.
The PDP governorship candidate in Oyo state stressed that he was surprised that this will be the first time that prisoners will be sitting for examinations since the Agodi prison was established in 1894, saying that his gesture will be wider in scope if he gets elected as governor next year
Engineer Makinde however expressed his determination to do more for all underprivileged in the state if elected as the next governor of Oyo state, adding that his administration will be devoted to the challenges of the under privileged .
Commenting on the present state of education in Oyo state, Engineer Makinde frowned at the abdication of government roles in the education sector by the Governor Abiola Ajimobi led administration and promised to turn all schools into model schools and not just a handful and as well restore the number of students per class to 30 with enough motivated teachers in schools.