2.500 indigent students across tertiary institutions in Oyo state became beneficiaries of the annual Seyi Makinde bursary award yesterday in Ibadan The Oyo state capital, Engr. Seyi Makinde who is a gubernatorial aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party also used the occasion to condemn the poor funding of education in the state, stressing that the budgetary provision of education is sad.
In a statement issued by the Seyi Makinde organisation and signed by Prince Dotun Oyelade, over 10,000 Students have benefited from the programme which the aspirant started since 2006.
Speaking further at the event, Makinde observed that the issue of education goes beyond politics and that was why he kept faith with his conviction to empower the youths through education for twelve unbroken years now. He noted that beneficiaries were picked based on merit, devoid of any political or religious considerations.
At the ceremony witnessed by a mammoth crowd including parents and associates, Makinde said that the United Nations Education and Cultural Organisation UNESCO’s policy on education is that 26 percent of the annual budget of the state must be allocated to education but only 2.5 percent is allocated to education in Oyo state. He promised to adhere strictly to the UNESCO Standard which will improve the infrastructure of schools
He also promised to reintroduce 30- pupils per class and create new approach to how education is funded. According to him, his creative government will make thriving companies and business concerns to adopt a School, depending on their profitability.
In his speech, the chairman of the event and erudite Scholar, Prof Taoheed Adedoja opined that self development and education is where the better future lies with our Youth.
While giving their remarks, Dr Saka Balogun and former head of Methodist Church of Nigeria, Primate Ola Makinde extolled the founder and sponsor of the bursary award, Engr Seyi Makinde. Primate Ola Makinde advised the students to use the money for educational and self development.
The dignitaries at the event include Senator Kamoru Adedibu, Chief Jacob Adetoro, Engr Lere Adigun Pastor Adeniji, Chairman Of Christians Association of Nigeria, Oyo state Branch, Pastor B O Akanmu and representative of Chief Imam of Ibadan, Sheik Abdul Ganiyu Agbotomokekere to mention a few.