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Oyo: We've made real progress in development - ITREALMS

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Oyo State Governor, 'Seyi Makinde, on Thursday, declared that the administration has made real progress in developing and repositioning the state in the last two years.

The governor, who stated this while delivering a speech at the 2nd Circularity Africa Conference, held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, said that the government and the people of the state are seeing results in the areas of education, health, security and expansion of the state's economy.

He added that his administration has been able to lay a solid foundation in the state to transmit renewable energy for larger and sustainable development.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as saying that his administration has ensured that no fewer than 40,000 out-of-school children have returned to classrooms as of the end of 2020.

Makinde, who participated in the Conference through Zoom, also pointed out how the Clean and Green Initiative of the government has changed the sustainable environment narrative in the state.

The statement further quoted Governor Makinde as saying that the Conference, with the theme, “Enabling Green Businesses and Circular Economy in Africa," centred on two aspects of governance close to his heart: education and sustainable environment.

The statement added that the organisers of the conference honoured Governor Makinde with the Green City Award of Recognition for his government's efforts in the area of sustainable environment.

While speaking, the governor explained that his government has made real progress in the education sector and other sectors, stating that the administration's investments in education, where it has committed more resources in the past two budgetary cycles, have resulted in the reduction in the number of out-of-school children in the state and massive improvement in education.

The governor said: "Let me start by thanking Dr. Olawale Olayide and the Board of Images Initiative for the opportunity to be part of this event - the Second Circularity Africa Conference. One thing stands out for me here. This is the fact that you have effectively married two aspects of governance that are close to my heart – education and a sustainable environment.

"As you may already know, education is one of the four pillars of our Roadmap to Accelerated Development in Oyo State, 2019-2023. We believe that an educated population is definitely key to sustainable development. And this is why for the past two budgetary cycles, we have done more for education.

"We have consistently allocated over 20 per cent of our budget to education. Aside from that, we have removed one of the major barriers to education in Oyo State: the payment of fees. Every child in Oyo State has access to free education. We are also ensuring that they have qualitative education. This is why we just recently completed the recruitment of 5,000 teachers - qualified teachers - into the public school system.

"Additionally, we are tackling the issue of proximity of students to schools, especially in rural areas. We have been consistently paying our Universal Basic Education Commission’s counterpart funding. With these funds, we are building and rehabilitating schools all over the state.

"So, when you drive around Oyo State, modern school buildings are becoming the norm and not the exception. "And I must tell you that we are seeing results. We are making sure progress in reducing the number of out-of-school children and improving the quality of education in the state. One of the statistics that we recently received is that we have helped over 40,000 children get back into class in the last year."

He added: “We did not just come up with our four-point agenda, there is a reason for it but they are all linked. We believe if you have an educated populace living a healthy life with an expanding economy in a safe and secure environment, then life will definitely be lived in abundance in Oyo State. And that is what those four pillars are supposed to do for us in the state.

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