Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has kickstarted the distribution of over 2.7 Million free exercise books to all public Secondary Schools students in the State.
Engr Makinde stated that the move is part of efforts to improve the quality of education and give opportunities to students from all backgrounds in the State.
While making a symbolic presentation of the free exercise books to some students from selected Secondary Schools in the State, at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Agodi, Ibadan, on Monday, March 8, 2021, the Governor said his administration will continue to pay more attention and put in more resources to the education sector.
According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, Governor Makinde said his administration will always welcome constructive criticism that can assist the Government of the day; adding that the Government has approved the payment of School grants to public Schools in the State.
On the School grants, Governor Makinde maintained that his Government would continue to invest in education, stating 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.
He urged all stakeholders to work with the Government and not play politics with the future of ‘our children’, saying: “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.
Engr Makinde also reiterated that in Oyo State there is a freedom to practice religion and that no one can divide the people of the State through religion.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye, said the distribution of free exercise books to students was to promote education in the State; adding that the Government is giving out more than 2.7 million exercise books to all Secondary Schools in the State for the year 2021.