By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde on Monday, kickstarted the distribution of over 2.7 million free exercise books to all students in public secondary schools in Oyo State, stating that the move is part of efforts to improve the quality of education and give opportunities to students from all backgrounds in the state.
The governor, while making a symbolic presentation of the free exercise books to some students from selected secondary schools in the state, at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Agodi, Ibadan, said that his administration will continue to pay more attention and put in more resources to the education sector.
He added that his administration will always welcome constructive criticism that can assist the government of the day.
On the school grants, the governor maintained that his government would continue to invest in education, stating that renovation of public schools and distribution of school furniture to students across the schools in the state would be made through the direct resources of the state.
He urged all stakeholders to work with the government and not play politics with the future of our children, saying: “We believe, as a government, that if we get it right at the primary and secondary school levels, if we have sound products coming out of our secondary schools, we would have been 70 per cent on point in terms of what we want to achieve in education.
The governor also reiterated that in Oyo State there is a freedom to practise religion and that no one can divide the people of the state through religion.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye, said that the distribution of free exercise books to students was to promote education in the state.
He added that the government is giving out more than 2.7 million exercise books to all secondary schools in Oyo State for the year 2021.