By Henry Odeh
The executive governor of Oyo state Engr. Seyi Makinde, on Sunday, has stated that his decision to declare free and quality education in the state was to recognize the huge impact of education in his successes in life.
While Making reference to his humble background as a child, he stated that he hawked bread by the gate of Adeoyo state hospital in Ibadan for 13 years adding that only by being educated was he able to make headway in life.
Makinde, who spoke during the 80th birthday thanksgiving service of his mother, Mrs Abigael Makinde, at St Paul Anglican Church, Yemetu, Ibadan, on Sunday, said he also want the people of the state to enjoy benefits of being educated which was the Motive behind declaration of free education in the state.
He therefore urged parents to be more concerned and committed to the education of their children adding that the present administration is poised to restore the pacesetter glory in education.
He said “For the first 13 years of my life, where we lived was not more than five minutes to where we are now. My mum was a Telephone Operator in the state secretariat. At Adeoyo State Hospital here, I and my brother Muyiwa also used to help her sell bread by the gate of Adeoyo State Hospital.”
“What can propel a child who used to live some five minutes away from here (Yemetu) to become a Governor of Oyo state is education. And that is why we have declared that free and qualitative education has come to stay in Oyo state,”
Speaking further, he decried that some persons were hell-bent on sabotaging his efforts by giving political coloration to government policies and programs aimed at improving the quality of life of the people.
Makinde said “these moves to frustrate government’s efforts was epitomised in some residents who continue to intentionally dispose their waste on medians and other unauthorized places.”
“Once again, I thank the good people of Oyo State for your unalloyed support for this administration. Some people don’t want this government to succeed take for example, on my way here, I realised that some people intentionally dumped their refuse on the median. I know that it is not the people of this area that generated those wastes” he said.
“Some people took it as their assignment to drop those wastes there knowing that I will pass through that road today. They performed the evil act because they knew I was going to pass through the road to this place today, but we thank God for his usual support, we will continue to serve the people of the Oyo State.”
He however bemoaned some residents who were keen on exploiting their religious divides to cause disaffection and disunity in the state and condemned those religious fanatics causing inter-faith disharmony, assuring that the state government valued the coexistence of various religious faiths.
“I want to greet the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Edo and Delta states, Alhaji Dawud Akinola because he is here with us today. What this means is that those who are seeking to use religion to divide us should look for another job.
“As a government, we will do what is right and proper. There is not one family in this state that does not have either Muslims or Christians, so, issues of religion cannot divide us in Oyo state.”
In a sermon titled “Occupy till I come,” Reverend Dr. Samuel Osungbeju, urged leaders to serve well so as to receive the reward of good deeds from God.
The cleric noted that the actions and policies of Makinde led administration are well received by the people, Osungbeju urged Makinde not to relent or be distracted by detractors in his resolve to deliver good governance.