…set to partner University Press to develop education sector
By bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, has said his administration has met the united Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) recommendation on education funding by governments just as he expressed the readiness of his administration to partner the University Press PLC to develop the education sector in the state.
The governor also noted that his administration is willing to explore collaborations with critical stakeholders in the sector to improve the standard of education.
Governor Makinde, who stated this when he received the management team of the University Press PLC, at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, said that his administration was glad to announce to all that he had more than doubled education funding in the state.
Governor Makinde said that though his administration met education budget at about four per cent, he has allocated over 22 per cent to education in the 2020 Budget.
He stated that his decision to spend heavily on education was informed by the fact that the sector is one of the four pillars of his administration.
Governor Makinde, who explained that Oyo State under his watch would continue to prioritise education and move it from the current poor position it occupies in public examinations to a better standing, also stated that the door of the government is open to any support that can assist the education sector in the state
He hinted that his administration is ready to reduce the amount to be paid as tax for any organization that is of assistance in the running of the state, saying.
Earlier, the Managing Director of the University Press PLC, Mr. Samuel Kolawole, appreciated the governor and the government of the state for providing an enabling environment for the company to thrive and also for the role the government played in the final burial rites of Dr. Lekan Are , the University Press’ immediate past chairman.
Kolawole noted that the company was donating 3,376 textbooks worth N2,815,210 [Two Million Eight Hundred and Fifteen Thousand Two Hundred and Ten Naira] to primary and secondary schools’ libraries in state.
He said the company would make donations to the government more often, promising to extend its donations to the State Library in the not too distant future.