The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students in South West commends and applaud the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde on the giant strides and actions he has taken so far since the assumption of office in the educational sector of the state. The actions have since contributed and facilitated the development of the Educational sector in the State.
The declaration of Free Education in all public schools in Oyo, Abolishment of the N3000 paid by Public Primary and Secondary School students in the state, Employment of all PTA teachers by the State Government and approval of 100% subvention funds to tertiary institutions are major highlights of the Educational Reforms by Engr. Seyi Makinde Oyo State led- Government.
More recently, The reduction of all fees payable by students by 10% in all Tertiary Institutions owned by Oyo State by the State Government following the restoration of 100% subvention fund to Institutions is in line with providing qualitative education at a very affordable price. We believe that this will afford all sons and daughters of Oyo State the avenue to quality education at a reduced and reasonable price.
Furthermore, the quick approval of intervention fund of 200m to secure accreditation for courses and additional 100m to execute capital projects in The Polytechnic Ibadan is a move that will ensure the institution lives up to her expectation as an institution and further invigorate the Institution.
More importantly, the budgetary allocation of 22% for Education is commendable as it will make education less costly and very affordable in the state whilst affording the poor the chance of getting qualitative education. However, the 22% budgetary allocation for Education still falls short of the 26% budgetary allocation for Education recommended by UNESCO. We beseech the Governor to further drive home his educational reforms by increasing the budgetary allocation to 26% and also ensure swift response to all issues affecting the Educational sector and particularly students in Oyo State.
We equally use this medium to call on Government across States in Southwest to follow the footsteps of Oyo State Government by engaging in effective and developmental educational reforms in their respective states.
Specifically, We call on Ekiti State Government to review her decision on the recent disengagement of 900 staffs of Ekiti State University which will take affect the institution negatively in terms of loss of accreditation, low productivity level and short manpower. We implore the Ekiti State Government led by Dr. Kayode Fayemi to tamper justice with mercy and explore other means of sanction to instill discipline in affected staffs.
We also would like to reiterate our commitment to work with Government who prioritize Education and accedes Students request and also intellectually oppose that which leaves the Educational Sector to decay and run into murky waters.
The Journey to attaining new possibilities for NANS Southwest is taking the center stage and promises to be productive and progressive.
Comrade Kappo Samuel Olawale ,
National Association of Nigerian students ( NANS ), South West ( ZONE D ).
Comrade Olatunji Nurudeen Ishola ,
Public Relations Officer ,
National Association of Nigerian students ( NANS ),
South West ( ZONE D ).