Oyebanji aims zero percent of out-of-school children

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Ekiti State Governor Biodun Oyebanji has reiterated his administration’s commitment to ensure that every child in the state has access to quality, compulsory education.

Oyebanji made this known on Wednesday during the 28th convocation ceremony of Ekiti State University, EKSU, in Ado Ekiti.

At the event, the University’s newly appointed Chancellor, Dr Tunji Olowolafe, announced a N1 billion agribusiness empowerment fund for the institution’s products as a means of boosting agriculture and food security.

Oyebanji, who attended the EKSU convocation as the school’s first graduate to become governor of the state and a Visitor to the University, stated that his government is committed to ensuring that the state’s educational institutions can compete globally.

The governor stated that his administration has demonstrated commitment to the development of the education sector from primary to tertiary institutions, including the renovation of over 200 secondary schools, the distribution of laptop computers to students across the state, and the disbursement of bursaries and scholarships to students of Ekiti origin in tertiary institutions.

Recalling that Ekiti was recently ranked as having the highest school enrollment in the country, the governor said that his administration would ensure that the state had no out-of-school children.

Oyebanji also asked university administration to explain the increase in their subvention by demonstrating greater dedication to work, avoiding frequent strike actions, and allowing for the smooth operation of the academic calendar so that students were not unduly delayed.

While celebrating the graduates, Oyebanji reminded them to always give back to their alma mater.

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