ODHA wants establishment of more schools
By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
The Ondo State House of Assembly has canvassed for establishment of new primary and secondary schools to meet the need of the growing population of the state .
Members of the House Committee on Education, Science and Technology made the call during a familiarisation visit to the State Ministry of Education in Akure.
Members noted the growing rural population across the three Senatorial Districts of the state and the need for them to access quality education.
The Majority Leader of the House, Mr Jamiu Maito representing Akoko North West Constituency 1 observed that communities across the state are fast growing and expanding hence the need for creation of more schools in order to cater for their educational needs.
The lawmakers equally observed the dwindling human resources in the state public schools and stressed the need for recruitment of more teachers to fill the obvious vacancies in public schools adding that this would further enhance the standard of education in the state.
They advocated redistribution of personnel especially in the urban areas to cater for the interest of the rural populace as a short time and immediate solution to the shortage of manpower in rural schools.
The lawmakers equally stressed the need to strengthen the state scholarship board in order to meet its financial obligation to students in tertiary institutions.
Chairman of the committee, Mr Toluwani Borokini lauded the achievements recorded by the education ministry despite the dwindling resources of the state.
He encouraged the Commissioner to carry the House along while carrying out the assignments of the ministry.
Borokini equally called on the Ministry to check high-handedness and other excesses of schools’ administrators in the interest of students and parents.
The Commissioner for Education, Mr Olufemi Agagu had earlier outlined the numerous achievements of the Ministry, while calling for unbridled collaboration with the lawmakers in order to move the education sector forward.
Agagu thanked members of the committee for the visit which he noted was a demonstration of their avowed commitment to duty and unrelenting efforts at ensuring quality educational service delivery in the state.
He solicited the support of the lawmakers in appropriating more funds for the uplift of the education sector of the state.
Committee members on the visit include, Mr Toluwani Borokini, Mr Jamiu Maito, Towase Kuti, Rasheed Elegbeleye, Olamide Oladiji, Felemu Gud Bankole and Honourable Favour Tomomewo.