Education is a right, not privilege in Ekiti, says Fayemi
Woos students to embrace technical education
Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has said that education is a right of indigenes of the state and not a privilege for a few.
He, therefore, urged the students’ union body to support and encourage the younger ones to embrace technical education as a way to self-independence and prosperity.
The governor stated this on Monday during a meeting with out-going executives of the Federation of Ekiti State Students’ Union (FESSU) in his office in Ado-Ekiti.
He said that the revitalisation of technical and vocational colleges in the state was a sterling demonstration of his administration’s focus on life skills programmes.
Fayemi, who said that his administration would not relent in pursuing the restoration of the foundational values and principles of education in the state, describing his commitment to students’ development as sacrosanct, promised to continue providing the needed support to the umbrella body of Ekiti students within available resources in the state.
He told the students’ body that the state was renowned for its knowledgeable people, who were passionate about knowledge generation, knowledge production and knowledge dissemination, assuring the union of the reintroduction of students’ friendly projects and programmes initiated during his first term in office.
Fayemi said that his administration’s free education in primary and secondary schools, as well as bursary, scholarships and other supports for students of tertiary institutions were some of the steps being taken to restore the lost glory in education.
“For us as a state, education is not a privilege, it is a right. Being Ekiti, this is one of the things we are known for everywhere in the world as a state of knowledgeable people, the state of people who are passionate about knowledge generation, knowledge production and knowledge dissemination and as student leaders, you have a duty to continue to be in the front in these areas.
“I am glad you (the out-going FESSU President) talked about your experience while you were in secondary school during our first term in office. At the time you were enjoying that, there are some of your leaders who are here that benefitted from our programmes during my first term, who were active on the FESSU side and able to fight on behalf of our students from various tertiary institutions.
“You can be rest assured that we will continue to do that which is to the benefits and development of our people. I have noted your comments about mobility. I have noted your comment about bursary and scholarships. I have noted your comment generally and the need to have an all-round education the way we did while you were in secondary school which we are trying to bring back to our schools.
“That is simply what the real restoration value is all about, we want to go back to our foundational principles as Ekiti people who value knowledge and are very hardworking, very committed and compassionate about helping their fellow people.”
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