Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji, has vowed that his administration would put an end to illiteracy and school dropouts, stating his readiness to partner with intending private investors to strengthen education in the state.
Oyebanji made this pledge on Tuesday while commissioning a block of four classrooms donated by Build a School Initiative in Africa, and Ajoni Local Council Development Area, at Saint Luke’s Primary School, Esun Ekiti in Ikole Local Government Area of the state.
The Governor, represented by his Deputy, Mrs Monisade Afuye, said, “Under this administration, the war against illiteracy and school dropout is total. That was why Governor Oyebanji at inception declared free education at both primary and secondary schools. This singular, but lofty move, had helped in raising the school enrolment and makes Ekiti one of the highest school enrolment in the country.”
In order to accommodate the upsurge caused by rapid change in students’ enrolment, Oyabanji stressed that his administration has commenced the construction of two model secondary schools in Ikere and Ikole Ekiti to forestall overcrowding in our schools.
The President of BASIA, Dr Victor Ukorebi, remarked that the school-building gesture was to reduce out-of-school children in Nigeria, which UNESCO put at over 20 million, describing this as disturbing and a threat to the future of the country.