By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor ‘Seyi Makinde on Monday declared that his administration is open to constructive criticism aimed at ensuring the growth and development of Oyo State.
The governor disclosed this in Ibadan while kick starting the distribution of over 2.7 million free exercise books to all students in public secondary schools across Oyo State.
He maintained that his administration will always welcome constructive criticism devoid of partisan politics that can assist the government of the day, adding that there is the need for all stakeholders to work with the government and not play politics with the future of our children.
“I will use this opportunity to call on all stakeholders to work with the government and not play politics with the future of our children. If we are doing certain things right, tell us. And if we are falling short in certain areas, tell us also because this is our future and we should all work together to ensure that the future is really secure and guaranteed.”, he said
The governor added, “we believe, as a government, that if we get it right at the primary and secondary school levels, if we have sound products coming out of our secondary schools, we would have been 70 per cent on point in terms of what we want to achieve in education.”
Governor Makinde assured that his administration will continue to pay more attention and put in more resources to the education sector, adding that the distribution of the 2.7 million free exercise books was part of the efforts to improve the quality of education and give opportunities to students from all backgrounds in the state.
On grants for schools in Oyo state, Governor Makinde said his government would continue to invest in education, and that renovation of public schools and distribution of school furniture to students across the schools in the state would be made through the direct resources of the state.
“In the days ahead, we are taking the issue of infrastructure in our schools seriously. We will be having new chairs and tables. We will continue to renovate the schools through the direct resources of the state”.
Speaking further, the governor said ” in Oyo State there is a freedom to practise religion and that no one can divide the people of the state through religion.”, adding, “last week, I was reading in a place that in Oyo State, we don’t allow students to wear Hijab but I can see some students here wearing their Hijab and no one is harassing them. For us here, we give freedom to practice religion. Nobody can divide us through religion”
The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye while speaking , said that the distribution of free exercise books to students was to promote education in the state and that the government is giving out more than 2.7 million exercise books to all secondary schools in Oyo State for the year 2021.