The governor of Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, on Tuesday, lamented over the deplorable state of public schools in the state and expressed the determination of his administration to reposition and develop education in the state.
Akeredolu, who stated this in Akure, Ondo state capital, during the inauguration of the Board of the State Universal Basic Education, pledged to revamp the educational sector from its declining standard for the benefit of the people of the state.
According to him, the commitment to quality education would serve as a realistic way through which the quest for technological development of the state could be realised, saying: “education defines the quality of human existence. The training of human being is for the benefit of the society.”
He, however, asked the members of the Board of the State Universal Board to justify their appointments by working assiduously in line with the set objectives of his government.
Akeredolu said: “I equally want to challenge you to always be mindful of the axiom which holds that to whom much is given, much is equally required.
“Our government, our party and our people look up to you for the deployment of your vast knowledge and wealth of experience to salvage the basic education subsector from collapse.
“We, on our part, will continue to engage all sectors, insisting on the best practices in the discharge of our mandate to serve the people. We will remain resolute and focused.”
He added that his administration would not be distracted by issues extraneous to the wellbeing of the mass of the people.
Akeredolu said: “Their welfare shall continue to be the guiding principle of our administration.
In this regard, the government will not tolerate any frivolities, the type often associated with appointments such as these ones. I enjoin you to shun and resist all overtures which are evidently inimical to the set objectives of our government”
The governor tasked members of the board of the State Universal Basic Education Board to begin work in earnest.
He said: “We expect renovation work on dilapidated structures in all our primary and junior secondary schools to commence in earnest.
“We anticipate keen supervision of project in this regard. No contractor should hope to receive a certificate of performance for any shoddy job. This administration will hold consultants and appointees vicariously liable for any bad job.”