“Suddenly, we had the most out-of-school children in the entire South West and that was the situation we were in when we came in.
“When we came in, I met Dr. Bobboyi in Abuja and when I saw the design of those smart schools, I assured that we are going to replicate it in Oyo State and said we will have, in each of our Senatorial District, such school for our gifted and talented children. It is a work in progress and we will get there.
“When I was going round during the electioneering, the people told me not to tell them about what the previous administration did not do but what exactly I wanted to do for them.
“So, we developed the Roadmap for Accelerated Development of Oyo State and we put it on four major pillars and Education is one of them.”
The governor equally explained that as part of the fulfilment of the promise made to UBEC, his administration has not only met the recommendation of UNESCO for education but surpassed it in the 2021 budget.
“One of the things that I can remember I promised the UBEC team in the early days of this administration is that we will meet the UNESCO recommendation in terms of the percentage of our budget to the education, and I am happy to report that, for 2021 budget, we have not only met the recommendation but have actually surpassed it.
“I also want to use this opportunity to specially thank the Oyo UBEC Coordinator. Each time we have gone out to commission UBEC/SUBEB projects, she is always there with us. She has been of tremendous to support to Oyo SUBEB.”
Earlier, Echono appreciated the Oyo State Government in the implementation of the zonal headquarters project that is on-going in the state, adding that the visit was meant to assess and inspect the on-going project of the model smart school in the state.
He explained that Oyo State is the only state in the South West that was chosen to benefit from the project due to its history, size, importance, and role in the scheme of things in this country.
He said, “We are grateful for your support and that of your government in the implementation of the zonal headquarters project. The project is on-going and it is part of the reasons we are here.”
In his remark, the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi, extended greetings to the governor and the people of the state for providing them with a wonderful space.
He said Ibadan is the centre of educational development not only in the South West but in the entire country.
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