Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State says that education is decisive to development and democracy, even as he expressed commitment to invest more resources in education as a priority sector.

Comrade Oshiomhole stated this yesterday at the opening session of the National Executive Council of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities in Benin-City.

Oshiomhole, who was represented by the Commissioner for Arts and Culture, Hon. Abdul Oroh explained that education provides the poor with the empowerment to break out of the poverty cycle, adding that the state government has substantially increased funding levels for both recurrent and capital requirements of all levels of education.

According to the Governor “the crises in education requires partnership, co-operation and creative thinking by all stakeholders. Regrettably, some of the operators in the system, especially the university system have sometimes tended to take actions, which compound the crisis”.

He reminded the members of their responsibility to the system, urging them to curtail action which interrupt the academic calendar and undermine the stability of the system.

As part of efforts to sustain stability at the Ambrose Alli University ,Ekpoma, the Governor said “I am scheduled to personally attend a stakeholder’s forum of the Ambrose Alli University to find a viable and sustainable long-term solution to the funding crisis”.

“As you reflect on the state of the Nigerian polity, I urge you to spare sometime to deliberate on the challenge of ensuring free and fair election in the year 2010 and beyond.

I believe that the Labour Movement and Civil Society are the foremost agents of change that can mobilize our people to defend their votes. As a labour organization, you have a role to play in helping to build popular capacity to resist rigging. In 2011 election, we must all insist on One Man, One Vote”, he noted.

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