Children Of Public Office Holders Should Attend Schools In Nigeria –Fayose



Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said that all his children are

products of Nigerian Universities, urging public office holders to endeavour

to send their children to schools in the country.

Governor Ayodele Fayose during May Day celebration

Governor Fayose, who was at Covenant University, Ota in Ogun State to

witness the graduation ceremony of one of his sons, Ayorogbayimika

Fayose, told journalists that there was no reason children of public office

holders should study in universities outside Nigeria, except in cases where

courses interested in were not offered in Nigerian universities.

According to the governor’s Special Assistant on Public Communications

and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said; “We talk and do.

Whatever we say is what we practice. Apart from the fact that none of

children attended schools abroad, I have never travelled out of the country

for Medicare.

He said; Even though views of people like us might not be popular among

the powers that be because we say the truth and act the truth, we won’t

stop telling them what they do not like to hear and one of such is that the

only way to improve the standard of education in the country is for children

of holders of public office to experience what children of ordinary Nigerians

are experiencing in schools in the country.

“During my first tenure as governor, I took my son from a private school

and enrolled him in SUBEB Model Primary School in Ado Ekiti.

“Today again, I am here to witness the graduation of my son and I make

bold to say here that none of my children attended tertiary institution

outside Nigeria.

“That should be the spirit not a situation where someone is the minister of

education in Nigeria and his children are schooling abroad. And by

enforcing this too, we will be saving Nigeria a lot of foreign exchange being

wasted on medical and academic tourism,” the governor said.

While condemning what he described as the hypocrisy of some Nigerian

leaders, especially those in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor

Fayose said; “Even children of President Muhammadu Buhari that they told

us lived a modest life attended universities abroad. Shouldn’t President

Buhari have lived by example by enrolling his children in universities in


While reiterating his commitment to the uplift of education in Ekiti State,

Governor Fayose said; “We are after quality education and we want to

maintain our position as leaders in the education sector. We are first in

NECO examinations and we are among the best in WAEC and the only

industry in Ekiti State is education and we can’t afford to let it depreciate.”

The governor also called on parents, corporate bodies and others to

support the government in the task of improving the standard of education

in the state.


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