Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, (SAN) Saturday said that the federal government was ready to work with state governments in Nigeria to provide free qualitative education in their states.
Prof. Osinbajo stated this while speaking as guest of the Presiding Bishop of the Victory International Church, Bishop Taiwo Victor Adelakun, at the 30th anniversary of the church/ Divine Proclamation Service for Dominion University, held at the Rehoboth Cathedral, Ibadan.
The Vice President said he was happy that governor Makinde has taken up the challenge of providing free qualitative education in Oyo state, saying, though President Muhammadu Buhari, on June 20, 2019, said education would be free across the country for the first nine years covering primary to junior secondary school,the fedderal government could not force the States to key into that declaration.
“We will support them in whatever way we can to ensure that they achieve the objectives of free and compulsory education.” he said.
Osinbajo promised that the federal government would work with the states to deliver free qualitative education.
Speaking, governor Seyi Makinde said his administration is committed into making the necessary investments on education without caring about who will take the credit down the line.
According to the governor, the present administration in Oyo state would lay the right foundations for the free education policy to thrive.
Congratulating Bishop Adelakun on the proclamation of the Dominion University, he stressed that it would be the beginning of the journey that would produce the kind of leaders that Nigerians want.
Makinde while assuring that Oyo state government would support Dominion University said, “truly, we understand the fact that four years is not enough for us to really get to where we are going but four years is enough to lay the solid foundation upon which successive administrations will build upon.
“Of course, some of our leaders will tell you that at their own time in school during the time of Papa Obafemi Awolowo, they got free education. Papa has been long gone but we still see the impact today and that is what education, as one of the pillars that this administration is resting on, is all about in Oyo State.”