By Bukola Olamona
Stakeholders and the people of Okitipupa Local Government area of Ondo state have been enjoined to partake in the ongoing Continuous Registration Exercise in the state.
The State Commissioner for Education, Mr Femi Agagu said the while monitoring the exercise yesterday.
Agagu who also visited stakeholders who are mostly royal fathers in the local government called on them to come out and perform their civic rights.
He said Ondo State was discovered to be among the states that have the highest rate of people who do not collect their Permanent Voters Cards, stressing the need for them to collect, so that they can vote enmasse in the coming elections.
” We are also aware that the exercise will close very soon and we want to be sure that all our people that are of registration age are registered and we have met the electoral officials and have seen that their staff are working hard to ensure that everybody is registered.
He said that the exercise is very important hence the need for him to visit the royal fathers who are the custodians of the people and who are very close to them to talk with them.
During the visit of the Commissioner to some palaces in Okitipupa Local government, the royal fathers who were happy said they will convey the message to their subjects.
Abodi of Ikaleland, Oba George Babatunde Faduyile who said it was a big honour done him also thanked the governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, for the numerous projects going on in the state.
He also assured that he will do his best to encourage his people to go out and register.
Also in an interview with the chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board(SUBEB), Princess Oladunni Odu who was also at Okitipupa to sensitise the people said she was there to mobilise her people to come out and register for the coming election, adding that if they did not come out to register, how will they vote for whoever they want.
Her words: “as leaders in this local government, when they see us coming out to talk to them, they will listen to us.
“We have set a committee that have been working, they will go to each ward and also the sub- committee will now go to the villages to sensitise them on the importance of the registration”.
In another development, the State Commissioner for Education, Mr Femi Agagu had earlier visited some ongoing projects in the primary schools in the local government to assess the level of work done.
The Commissioner who was impressed with the level of work done in the schools said “it was gratifying to see that things are looking new now.
“When I went round in September last year, what I saw was depressing, but now it is getting better”, he stated.
Agagu said schools in the state should look like the newly constructed ones or the renovated ones so that the learners can learn in a conducive environment.
He enthused that there will be new blocks, perimeter fencing, boreholes, fans among several other facilities.
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