Back to School: Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole (seated second row) with Commissioner for Education, Dr Ngozi Osarenren, Former Commissioner for Education, Chief Tayo Akpata and some students during the commssioning of newly built classroom blocks at Idia College, Benin City, recently.

Edo State Governor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole says the neglect of public education constitutes a direct attack on the poor, stressing that priority must be to invest in qualitative public education in the country.

Comrade Oshiomhole stated this yesterday at the commissioning of four blocks of 32 classrooms at Idia College and a block of six classrooms at the Niger College in Benin City renovated by the state government.

At Idia College, the governor remarked that government’s mission is to transform schools into international standards and restore the glory of public education, adding that “the school environment must give confidence, pride and qualitative identity to pupils and students”.

He remarked “my message is that education is the most viable strategy to combat poverty. We are confronted today with the dynasty of the poor that is poor parents begetting poor children without opportunities of advancement”.

Comrade Oshiomhole argued that in a digital and knowledge driven world, what gives a nation edge over others is the quality of the human capacity.

The governor urged the staff and students of the school to protect the property from vandalisation while assuring that there are no plans to increase school fees or impose any levies.

According to Oshiomhole, “I think for Edo State to be able to compete we need to go beyond rhetorics and re_invent education and assured the people that the renovation would be extended to other schools”.

At Niger College, the governor said the current renovation of public schools is designed to last for several decades.He noted that public schools should compare favourably with private schools adding that by the time we are done with the renovation, the children of the rich who are in private schools will look with envy at the children of the poor who are in public schools.

The governor remarked “we insist that our children deserve our very best, if we do not invest in our children then we have no future. No investment is too much to secure the future of our state”

“I will like our elders to look at the classrooms that were built by NDDC and ETF, when you go inside you will find that the buildings are already cracking.

The reason why I brought this up is that one of the factional leaders of the opposition party was comparing our jobs to NDDC and ETF; I urge you to take a look and compare it to what we are doing and the judgement is yours”.

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