November 12, 2017

Akinmade, ex-Commissioner, warns Ondo govt against scrapping free education

By Dayo Johnson-Akure

Immediate past Information and Orientation  Commissioner in Ondo State, Mr Kayode Akinmade, has appealed to the present administration in the state not to jettison “the people oriented programmes” initiated by the former governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko.

Akinmade made the appeal after receiving a meritorious award from Oba Olusegun Akinbola, the Aladeokun of Alade in Idanre  council area of the state.

He said government should not hide under the guise of economic recession to deny the citizens of dividends of democracy. Akinmade was reacting to the recommendations of the Education Summit which called for the scrapping of free education and hike in tuition fees in tertiary institutions across the state.

According to him, government “is a social contract between it and the governed. it is the responsibility of those elected into offices to take care of the needs of those that put them in positions”. He added: “I want to advise this government not to obliterate the legacies bequeathed to it by the previous administration.

Government is about service, government doesn’t save money for itself. “When you have little resources, you must ensure you distribute the little resources so that every sector will feel government’s presence”.