Ondo State Deputy Governor, Mr Agboola Ajayi, has faulted the planned reduction of school fees of tertiary institutions by his immediate boss Mr Rotmi Akeredolu. He Described the plan as an election year afterthought.
Mr Ajayi who is also the governorship candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) said one of the reasons he fell out with Governor Rotimimi Akeredolu was the increase in school fees of State-owned tertiary institutions without consideration of the earnings of parents.
‘The Deputy Governor had sharply disagreed with the obnoxious policy of an increase in the tuition and stoppage of the payment of WASSCE fees for secondary school pupils,’ a statement signed by Mr Allen Sowore, the Deputy Governor’s Media Adviser, read..
‘Agboola Ajayi is, however, surprised that the Governor mooted a reduction in the tuition without making reference to the efforts of the Deputy Governor overtime on the vexed and contentious issue.
‘The good people of Ondo State should be wary of this proposed supposed change of heart as it does not in any way represent a genuine love for the masses.
‘It is a manipulative Greek gift and decoy solely intended to swindle the people of their votes (that is, their power) in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
‘A man who has refused to listen to the agitations of the people on the matter of excessively hiked fees for more than three years; whose wife told protesting university students to ‘go to hell’ cannot be trusted with dire minutes promise let alone implementation at a time when defeat at the polls has become his constant nightmare,’ he added.
The Deputy Governor urged the people of the Ondo to be steadfast and resolute in the efforts to bring about a people-friendly government which is underway through a coalition of the people themselves.
‘Akeredolu’s proposed gift should be rejected for what it truly is; it is unnecessary now after many students had dropped out of school over hiked tuition,’ he stressed.