… decries underfunding of education in Oyo
A gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday asserted that the poor state of education in Oyo State could be traced to the fact that a very small fraction of the state’s budget goes to Education. He stated this at the Professor Emeritus Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall, UCH, Ibadan where there Seyi Makinde Bursary Award for indigent tertiary institution students in the state held.
Engr. Makinde said “UNESCO advised that 26% of our budget should be committed to education. Last year, Oyo State budgeted ₦280 billion, 2.5% of it was for education”. He went on to say that if elected, “Oyo State will commit minimum of 5% in the first year up to 12% in the fourth year”.
Giving an insight into his plans, he disclosed that “Education will rest on four legs: infrastructure, schools will have buildings, furniture and other facilities that will provide a conducive environment for learning. You will have people that will implement policies and impart learning those are teachers. Some of them are being owed. We will ensure that they are adequately motivated. We will take the issue of teachers beyond cosmetics. We will ensure that schools are adequately funded. All schools will be mega, not by selecting six or seven schools located on the main road. Our students will not learn using used tyres as chairs. They will learn in properly equipped schools and we will implement 30 students per class policy”.
Professor Taoheed Adedoja, a former Minister of Youths and Sports, who chaired the event noted that the bursary award was about the empowerment of youths. “PVC will qualify you to vote but PVC cannot empower you. It will only take care of 2019. Your PVC for life is education. This scheme is empowering you for the future”, he told the beneficiaries.
He also said “one of our mistakes in Nigeria is not giving priority to education. We budget high for defence but the rights of Nigerians to live in every part of Nigeria are not defended.
When the election is over, you keep your PVC it is the scheme and education that will take you where you should be. I believe that members of the board of trustees have put in machinery in motion to ensure that this scheme continues to do good to educational development in this country”.
In his goodwill message, Dr. Saka Balogun, a former Chief of Staff to the Governor of Oyo State, congratulated the founder for being consistent.
Amuwo Akintola, who spoke on behalf of the recepients expressed gratitude to the facilitator, who he said has given them PVC for the future.
2,500 beneficiaries were selected from the 10,000 that applied for the ₦ 50 million scheme. Meanwhile, Engineer Makinde stated during the programme that the amount would be doubled next year.
The Seyi Makinde Bursary award started in 2012 and thousands of indigent students across the country benefit annually.