Akeredolu, Makinde, Others Have Destroyed Awolowo’s Legacies – NNPP
The Governors of the South West have been accused of rubbishing the educational legacies of the late Premier of the Western Region, Obafemi Awolowo.
The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) National Secretary, Dipo Olayokun, made the accusation on Friday during the launch of the South West support group campaign for the NNPP Presidential candidate, Rabiu Kwankwanso, in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Naija News reports that the South West governors include Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo State), Seyi Makinde (Oyo State), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun State), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun State), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos State), and Biodun Oyebanji (Ekiti State).
Olayokun said all the achievements recorded by Awolowo have been destroyed by the governors, adding that the South West was once the pride of the country as a result of Awolowo’s free education.
He said the governors have rubbished the region’s educational system with their “poor policies” and their nonchalant attitude towards education, adding that education is the bedrock of the development of any society.
Olayokun identified the collapse of infrastructure in public schools, lack of quality teachers, and poor policies, among others as some of the challenges confronting the sector in the region.
He said: “South West was once the pride of the country as a result of Awolowo’s free education, but unfortunately, the governors of South West state today if there is any area they have scored zero, it is in the area of education.
“They (SouthWest governors) have destroyed the legacy of education Awolowo laid for us in the Southwest.
“Education is the bedrock of development of every society and people like us enjoyed Awolowo’s free education while we were small.
“Education was like a factor to us in the SouthWest because Baba Awolowo laid emphasis on education when he was the Premier. When he wanted to become the president of Nigeria, he had four cardinal agendas, and number one was free education.
“But today in the SouthWest, education has been rubbished in terms of content and quality. In SouthWestern states in classrooms, we have about 500 students.”