To enforce free education
By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun , yesterday, signed the 2016 appropriation Bill into law with a firm pledge that it would be implemented to the letter.
Amosun who assented to the bill in his Office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, noted that the budget was well thought out and ambitious as the present administration did not allow the economic situation in the country to dampen its spirit.
He said that contrary to the notion that second term governors do lesser work, his administration would use the three and half years left to work round the clock to give the best to the development of Ogun State and bring a new lease of life to its people.
‘’The N200.2billion budget was well thought out and ambitious in spite of the economic situation in the country, and I assure you that all hands will be on deck to generate revenue to make it work”Amosun said.
While thanking the Speaker, Suraj Adekunbi and the entire members of the State House of Assembly for expediting action on quick passage of the Bill, especially during budget defence and for keeping to the tradition of assenting to the Bill before the year runs out, Governor Amosun assured that the State at large would have better story to tell in the coming year.
Speaking earlier, Adekunbi, said that the present administration since inception had been running a participatory government which informed the need for the House to swing into action to ensure speedy passage of the Bill, appreciating the collective efforts of all and sundry for their inputs during the budget defence.
Free education for children
Meantime, the state government has asserted that its free education policy was aimed at giving children from different social background equal opportunity to acquire qualitative education.
The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Modupe Mujota, stated this yesterday, when she received members of the Standing Committee of the All Nigerian Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, ANCOPSS, Ogun State branch in her office in Abeokuta.
She said it was the desire of the State Government to have every child in the State in school, adding that huge investment in the education sector was not a misplaced priority.
‘’It is the desire of the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun to have every child in school and that is why the free and qualitative education was implemented to provide equal opportunity to every child, even with those in the rural areas to actualise their dreams”, she said.