By Emmanuel Aziken
PDP governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has lamented the condition of education in the state describing the red roof revolution of the present administration as political sloganeering deficient in quality and substance.
Delivering a lecture at the University of Benin yesterday, the PDP candidate equally paid tribute to the Dr. Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia, late Professor Ambrose Ali, his father Chief Osayande Ize-Iyamu and others for their roles in developing education in the old Bendel State.
The candidate who described their period as the ‘’golden era of education” in the state, said it was no surprise that the products of that educational system dominated the public services, political, academic, corporate, legal, medical, military and paramilitary landscape of Nigeria for a very long time.
Picking holes in the red roof revolution of the administration, he said: ‘’The aluminum red roofs for these schools is not bad, but it is good to put the effort into a correct trajectory in the sense that it is State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) money and a joint effort of the federal and the state governments where the former pays the lion share of the money”, he stated.
“The question is: is building or roofing the only component of educational development? How about adequate number of teachers, facilities, the environment, security, motivation to learn?”