By Dayo Johnson
AKUREâ€”GOVERNOR Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State yesterday advised youths in the State to take advantage of the skill acquisition centres in the stateÂ to reduce unemployment.
He equally reiterated his administration determination to revamp the stateâ€™s educational sector with the aim of breaking the vicious cycle of poverty ravaging the people.
Mimiko asked youths in the state to shun all forms of vices that could lead to the disruption of their future.
Speaking through the Commissioner for Youth Development and Sport, Alhaji Yekini Olanipekun, he said the government had policies that would lead to their development, make them useful to themselves and their country.
Alhaji Olanipekun warned the youths against being used as political thugs saying the government was ready to engage them for the future of the country.
According to him the present administration would encourage the youths so that they would be able to contribute their quota to the overall development of the state.
The Commissioner pointed out that the state government has lined up programmees that would better their lot under the present dispensation.
In another development, the governor speaking through the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Adenike Fatogun while commissioning some blocks of classrooms built by the General Overseer of Mountain of Fire and Miracles (MFM) Pastor Dr. Daniel Olukoya for St. John Primary School in Akure, the governor said his administration was reviving the vital sector which he said is one of his priorities.
Dr Mimiko assured that no effort would be spared to improve primary education through the building of more of the Caring Heart Mega Primary Schools across the state.
While saying that government alone could no longer fund education , the governor called on spirited individuals and corporate bodies to complement governmentâ€™s efforts in this wise in order to ensure that quality education get to more people.
According to him â€œ By the time our first phase of the Mega Primary Schools are completed, most of our pupils will prefer them to even the best Private schools in the state, the Governor assured.
The governor advisedÂ Parents to give priority to the education of their children noting that it remains the only legacy they can leave behind.
Earlier in his address, Pastor Olukoya said that the gesture was as a result of his love for education.
The Clergyman notedÂ that between 1964 and 1969 he was a pupil at the school before he proceeded to Methodist High School in Lagos adding that for one to really appreciate God, he needs to remember his beginning.
Pastor Olukoya said the project started in October last year with the demolition of existing old structures adding that apart from the 15 classrooms, 5 laboratory buildings, a big event hall and administrative block were also provided for the school.
He pointed out that the gesture would encourage the pupils and the teachers to embrace hard work.
The clergyman urged the state government to provide a solar powered borehole and boost electricity supply to the school for the proper functioning of the equipment supplied by the donor.