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By: Ade Adeleke
Ahead of the October 10, 2020 governorship election in Ondo state, one of the leading Gubernatorial Hopeful on the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon Isaacs Kekemeke has vowed that he will reintroduce payment of scholarship and bursary for students of the state in tertiary institutions across the country, if elected the state governor.
He also insisted that he will return free and qualitative education and healthcare to the state if he takes over as the state governor of the state.
The former state Attorney General who spoke with journalists in Akure in preparations for the party’s July 20, 2020 primaries, expressed sadness over the dwindling standard of education and health sectors in the state in recent years.
Kekemeke noted that the people of the state especially children deserve free and affordable education and healthcare in view of the importance of the sector to societal development.
He also vowed to reintroduce payment of scholarship and bursary for students of the state in tertiary institutions across the country.
It would be recalled that the present administration of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu had on assumption of office abolition payment of WAEC SSCE fees and free healthcare at various government’s hospitals in the state.
However speaking on the situation, Kekemeke, a former Secretary to the State Government (SSG), also promised to hive top priority to technical education to save the state from under development.
He said, “under our social goals, we would provide free and compulsory primary and secondary education. We would refocus our technical schools; and we will introduce highly subsidized tertiary education in government owned institutions.
“We would introduce scholarships in the federal and state schools based on merit. We would introduce a loan scheme for the bright, willing but indigent.
“In the health sector, our goal is to work to ensure what I call an accessible and quality healthcare system. This we would do through upgrading the headship or management of the basic health centres,” Kekemeke said.
“For instance I am a believer in the Ajasin’s government of 1979 to 1983, as having done so much for our state. I know that the free education, free health services, industries were fantastic. But if I were to build industries today, the module and model would be different.
“The Agagu government that I worked with was fantastic, constructing over 1,000 kilometres of road; building our schools; taking water from about four percent to almost 60 percent; having about 29 intervention programmes on Education; introducing efficiency and functionality in government; all of that. I would tell you that we were part of it and I thank the Lord for the opportunity Dr Agagu gave to me,” Kekemeke.