Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, has abolished the payment of N3000 school fees in public secondary schools in the state with immediate effect.
The governor stated this at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Liberty Road, Ibadan, while delivering his inaugural address after he was sworn-in as the 28th executive governor of the state.
The governor said his administration will focus on education and promised to increase the allocation to the sector every year in the state’s annual budget.
He said: “Effective from today, school fees of N3000 in state owned secondary schools has been abolished.
“10% of Oyo State’s annual budget will go to education and it will continue to increase every year until we attain the UNESCO standard of 26%.”
Makinde stated that his administration will build on the programmes of past administrations in the state that are well structured and make the state an investment destination in Nigeria.
“We will build on the programmes of past administrations that are well structured, we will do away with partisan politics and seek advice from the past leaders of the state if the need arises.
“We will bring in new ideas, partner with local and foreign investors and we will usher in an era of progress and prosperity, “ the governor said.
He said his administration will focus on providing infrastructure and be accountable to people of the state.
The governor renamed the overhead bridge at the state secretariat “ the freedom bridge,” adding that the bridge is open to all and sundry to use with immediate effect.