Ondo Assembly kicks against education summit communique

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The Ondo State House of Assembly has kicked against the resolutions of the stakeholders at the Education summit which recommended that free education should be discontinued at Secondary school level.

The lawmakers warned governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu not to implement any part of the Education summit communique, until it was fully debated on the floor of the house.

The speaker, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun said the lawmakers were elected to represent their people and must have the loudest say in the matter.

He directed the Commissioner for Education, Femi Agagu to immediately send 40 copies of the communique to the house of Assembly for proper scrutiny.

The speaker spoke at the Tuesday plenary of the Assembly.

He assured the people that the communique was a report of what transpire at the summit and not government policy.

There have been hues and cries on the resolutions of the summit, especially on its recommendation that free education should be stopped at the Secondary school level.

Former majority leader of the House, Honourable Ifedayo Akinsoyinu, called the attention of members to the communiqué at the summit which has gone viral in the social media, saying the state government would among other things withdraw its funding of education.

Akinsoyinu noted that such policy will further impoverish the people and make education unaccessible to the masses.

The lawmaker representing Ondo west constituency 2, Ade Adeniyi, said such development if implemented, totally contravened the MDG agenda which stipulates access to education by all.

Speaking on the said communique, the chairman House Committee on Education, Hon. Ajimotokin noted that it was just a report of what transpired at the education summit and not a government policy.

He, however, enjoined government to carry the lawmakers along before implementing any clause of the communique.

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