24th June, 2011
The Governor of Ogun State, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun has reiterated his commitment to reducing school fees in the state to a reasonable amount.
Speaking this morning at the Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta when he was receiving representatives of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) who paid him a courtesy visit, Amosun said,”all your demands will be met and I’m promising you that I will address the challenges. They are already in our plan. We will work on that as early as possible.
“There is no going back on the issue of reducing school fees. We will ensure that fees at the state tertiary institutions are drastically reduce to a reasonable and affordable rate. 20 percent of the budget will be earmarked for education and will be increased subsequently. We shall support you in curbing cult activities in our schools. Students will be involved in our government.”
The governor stated that the issue of the 2,000 workers employed by Daniel’s administration a few months ago is under review.
He said,”we have set up a committee to look into their employment and the outcome will determine our next line of action but I can assure you that education will be given utmost priority by our government.”
Speaking earlier, the leader of the students delegation, Mr Toye Oladotun who is the National Vice Chairman of NANS, appealed to the governor to allocate to education 26 percent of the budget in line with the UNESCO policy and demanded for reduction in school fees and improvement of infrastructure in all the tertiary institutions in the state.
Oladotun said,”we thank you so much sir. We believe in your administration’s policy towards improving the standard of education in the state. Our demands are reduction in the school fees, employment generation to reduce rate of crime in the state, improvement of infrastructure in our schools and eradication of cultism in our institutions.
“We shall be glad if you take all these our yearning into consideration and act on them without much delay.”
Other officers in the team include Mr. Thomas Arowolo, Zonal Secretary, NANS(South/West) and Mr Segun Clement, the outgoing Chairman, NANS, Ogun state chapter who doubled as the chairman of Joint Campuses Committee (JCC) in the state.
The governor was accompanied by his deputy, Prince Segun Adesegun; Head of Service, Princess Iyabo Odulate, Deputy Chief of Staff, Alhaji Shuaib Salisu and Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication to the governor, Mrs. Funmi Wakama.