By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Tuesday declared that education is to receive boost in the state as from next year under his administration if elected as the next governor of Oyo State.
Engineer Makinde said this while speaking at the presentation of the 2017/2018 Seyi Makinde Bursary Scheme Award to 2,500 tertiary institution students, held at the Emeritus Professor T.O. Ogunlesi Hall of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
The PDP governorship aspirant stated that if elected as the next governor of Oyo state, his administration will ensure that education is accorded the needed priority especially in the area of budgetary allocation.
According to Engineer Makinde, the education sector in Oyo state will witness graduated scale of minimum of 5percent from the first year to 12 percent in the forth year unlike the present situation whereby the Governor Abiola Ajimobi led administration budgeted 2.5percent for education in the 2017 budget.
“Let me use this opportunity to reveal the policy pronouncement on what the state of education will look like in Oyo state from May 29,2019. From next year, Oyo state will commit minimum of five per cent of the budget to education. This will increased gradually by the fourth year of my administration, the budget allocation to education would have been increased to about 12 per cent.” he said.
Lamenting that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) administration in Oyo state has failed to give proper attention to educational development in the state, Engineer Makinde said contrary to the advice by UNESCO that at least 26 percent of the budget should be allocated to education, the Governor Ajimobi’s administration has continued to allocate less than 5 percent of the budget to education.
Speaking further, Engineer Makinde stressed that his administration will also be committed to ensuring adequate mobilization to enhance their performances, saying, “we will ensure that teachers are well motivated. We will provide adequate infrastructure in our schools”.
The PDP governorship aspirant stressed that if elected as the next governor of Oyo state, his administration will also ensure that schools in the state are adequately funded and that all the secondary schools in the state will become model, saying. this will not be based on selection and not that the schools be located near major roads for sight seen.
“Our students will not be learning and sitting on tyres, our students will not be learning and be sitting on the mat, but be made to be learning in a conducive environment. We shall ensure a policy of 30 students per class”.
Speaking, Mr. Akin Akindeji, a member of the Seyi Makinde Scholarship Board, disclosed that 10,000 students applied for bursary award, out of which 2,500 candidates were shortlisted and that N50 million was given as bursary to the 2,500 students from different tertiary institutions from across the country.
Chairman of the occasion , Professor Taoheed Adedoja, former Minister of Youths and Sports, while lauding Engineer Makinde said one of the greatest mistakes successive governments have made in Nigeria was that adequate attention was not given to educational development.