The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has vowed to do everything within his power to further improve the quality of education in the State.
Ajimobi made the pledge on Tuesday during the official inauguration of a N50 Billion Education Trust Fund (ETF), held at the International Conference Centre of the University of Ibadan to galvanize support from stakeholders to revamp the sector.
Though the governor said his administration had achieved unprecedented leaps in the sector, he noted that more needs to be done to get education where it ought to be.
“It is a deliberate effort to make education the task of all of us. We need to provide quality education and we must realize that providing quality education is not for the government alone. It has to involve all stakeholders, especially the private sector,” the governor said.
While stressing the need to be more serious about educating the youth, the governor submitted that the rich nations of the world are in recent times shifting attention from natural resources to human capital development to build the future of their people and the economy.
He said Nigeria could not be an exception, adding that Oyo was thinking outside the box to improve the quality of education n the state.
The chairman of the trust fund and president of Lagos State Chamber of Commerce, Onikepo Akande, thanked the state House of Assembly for speeding up the process of creating a legal framework for its operation.
She said she was optimistic of positive response from all the stakeholders in the project, adding that its success will have a direct impact on the state’s education sector.
The ETF, according to documents, was, among other things, created to provide finance to supplement the provision of education at all levels by the state government.
The organizers pledged to ensure accountability and transparency in its implementation.
At the end of the programme, the state was able to raised some money, while hinting that it would go after all the invited guests, who couldn’t make it to the event, for their contributions.