By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The just concluded education summit organised by the Ondo State Government, Advanced People Democratic Alliance (APDA), has said the policy is targeted at making life unbearable for the common man in the state most especially, at a period when salaries are no longer regular which has turned many to beggars.
The Deputy National Chairman of the party South-West, Hon. Akinola Akinbobola, stated this during the party’s women conference in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Tuesday.
“It will be suicidal for Akeredolu to say he would abolish free education that he himself enjoyed, that some leaders provided for him.”
In the same vain, the pan Yoruba social cultural group, Afenifere, also in Akure on Tuesday, condemned to its totality of any Governor in the south west, who would want to stop the free education legacy that chief Adekunle Ajasin left behind.
The statement was made at the end of the emergency meeting held at Chief Reuben Fashonranti’ house in Akure. The communiqué was read to journalists by the group publicity secretary, Hon. Odumakin.
“Afenifere is totally against any plan by any Governor in the south west who may have the plan of abolishing free education to stop and erase such evil plan immediately because it is against the policies of our forefathers mostly Chief Adekunle Ajasin of a blessed memory.
Meanwhile, the Ondo State House of Assembly has asked Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu not to implement any part of the communique issued at the end of the 2017 education summit without legislative input.
The lawmakers made the resolution at a plenary presided over by the Speaker, Mr Bamidele Oleyelogun.
Speaking at the plenary, a former majority leader, Mr Ifedayo Akinsoyinnu noted that some of the decisions reached at summit would further impoverish the people and make education unaccessible.
Contributing, another lawmaker, Mr Ade adeniyi opined that adherence to the summit communique would totally contravene the MDGs agenda of access to education by all.
The house also called on the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Femi Agagu to submit forty copies of the communique and the position of the State government to the house.