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Declare emergency on education, Paseda tells FG

Paseda with students

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The founder, Paseda Legacy Foundation, Otunba Rotimi Paseda, has advised the Federal Government to urgently declare a state of emergency on education.

Paseda gave the advice on Wednesday in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State while inspecting the on-going free holiday coaching organized by his foundation for students in primary and secondary schools.

He explained that if the state of emergency is declared and proper attention given to the sector, there would be rapid progress.

He also pleaded that the FG should allow professionals to manage the sector both at the federal and state levels.

The 2015 gubernatorial standard bearer of the Unity Party of Nigeria(UPN), also blamed the lopsided appointments made by the government in  the recent past as one of the things affecting the sector.

The business mogul cum politician also berated the Ogun State government for poor funding of education.

Paseda alleged that the state government jumped on the bandwagon to organize its “customised” holiday coaching which barely attracted 182 pupils after seeing his initiative.

“Our government have indeed failed our children and people. Paseda free coaching is here to stay right through till 2019 and beyond God willing,” he said.

He, however, urged all stakeholders to contribute to the growth of the sector.

He said, “since the beginning of the ongoing free holiday coaching, I have not been opportune to attend the lessons, so that was why I’ve been going round to advice the students on values of education.

“I will blame the federal government on the rot in the education sector because of the political appointments in the sector which has bastardised the system. There’s need to urgently declare state of emergency in the sector and allow professionals manage the affairs of education in the country.”

The Paseda Free Holiday Coaching has attracted over 10, 000 indigent students across the 20 local governments of Ogun State.