SUBEB links migration from the North and insecurity to out-of-school children in Ondo

At least 240,000 out-of-school children are found throughout the state, according to information released yesterday by Victor Olabimtan, Chairman of the Ondo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

While raising the alarm, Olabimtan insisted that every effort was being made to curb the menace and emphasised that the unrest in the country’s north, which he claimed was driving migration to the south, was having an impact on the situation.

Speaking with the media, the SUBEB chairman stated that, based on current data, the notion that the state is the cornerstone of education is already eroding.

He added that the governor had authorised the recruitment of teachers throughout the state in order to defuse the situation.

Meanwhile, Paul Akintelure, an aspirant for governor of Ondo State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), reaffirmed Wednesday that if he wins the party’s ticket for governor, he will revolutionise and improve every area of the state.

Akintelure, a running mate to the late Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in 2012 on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), said that if he emerged as governor, it would be a departure from the status quo and a bold step towards a brighter future for the state.

In addition, he reaffirmed his commitment to lead the state towards prosperity and pledged to double the state’s GDP in his first year in office.

Ondo State had no excuse to remain underdeveloped, according to Akintelure, who also pledged to explore and utilise all of the state’s human and natural resources in order to elevate it to even greater heights.

In order to promote development in the state, he consequently pledged to allocate the education and healthcare sectors of the state economy to human capacity-building.