Governor Seyi Makinde on Sunday declared that his administration would continue to prioritise education, saying that education remained the key to societal growth.
Makinde, who spoke at two separate events organized by Bishop Francis Wale Oke, of the Sword of the Spirit Ministries, said that the state’s economic recovery programme can conveniently rest on a properly fixed education sector.
Governor who was speaking at the dedication of the Global Mission Centre and Global Mission Plaza, which were named after the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor E.A Adeboye, the governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, and Governor Makinde, said education would ensure that people embrace development.
Governor Makinde also in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, stated that educated minds cannot be held down by any means.
Makinde speaking in a gathering that was graced with people of great minds and impeccable characters such as the Governor of Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel; wife of the Oyo State Governor, Engineer Tamunominini Makinde, wife of Pastor Adeboye, Mrs Folu Adeboye, church leaders and top functionaries of Oyo and Akwa-Ibom State governments, stated that “with the dedication of the campus, more missionaries will get educated, adding that the manner in which the church is contributing to the growth of the education sector is commendable.
He said: “I am always excited when I get invitations to speak at events that have to do with education. If I was told to choose one of the four pillars of our administration and which one to use to build the economic recovery of Oyo State, I will most likely choose education as the foremost. An educated person cannot be held down.”
The governor charged the people of the state to support the government in its efforts to develop the state to a greater height, saying: “A lot of people may not know but mission schools have had a long history in Oyo State.
One of the mission schools was built here in Oyo State over 70 years ago. So, these days, some people think that the work of building schools should be left only to the government.
“I will always say that the government can only do so much. Development is a collective responsibility. Makinde said.
The Governor also maintained that “The main function of government is to make and enforce laws that will make the lives of the citizens better. As we fellowship together, let us not forget the importance of our roles as citizens. We should not rest on our oars.
“We can have many more of these mission schools for the education of our people and, as partners in progress, we are open to listening to you. Makinde stressed.
Similarly, in his contribution, Akwa Ibom State governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, lauded Bishop Oke for imparting so much in him.
“I thank God for a day like this. Our father, Bishop Wale Oke, has imparted in me so much, especially in this political terrain. I want to join my faith with others to say that there will be an increase that is beyond his expectation,” Udom said.