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
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
“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.