Ondo guber candidates promising reduction in tuition fees deceitful —Akeredolu

Ondo guber candidates promising reduction in tuition fees deceitful —Akeredolu

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, said on Saturday the governorship candidates promising drastic reduction in tuition fees in the state were being deceitful.

The governor, who stated this during an interactive session with the youth and students of various associations in the state’s tertiary institutions in Akure, said it would be difficult for the state to operate three state universities successfully without an increase in tuition fees.

Akeredolu  stressed that he could not afford to lie to the electorate on his achievements and the actual situation of things in the state under his administration.

He said his focus, if re-elected for the second term, would be job creation through entrepreneurship, skill acquisition, and agriculture.

The governor revealed that he had already created more than 20,000 direct jobs through the various industries operating at the Ore industrial hub.

He said an investor had paid the first installment for the moribund OluwaGlass at Igbokoda, Ilaje local government area of the state.

Akeredolu said he would ensure that more students took interest in agriculture as a field of study.

He also blamed his predecessors for establishing universities without getting accreditation for many courses.

The governor said: “Very soon, the College of Agriculture will depend less on government funding.

“We had a medical school without a teaching hospital.

“I am building two teaching hospitals in Akure and Ondo towns. We are turning Ondo State into a medical hub.

“We are earning less and doing much. There was a time we earned big but all the money went down the drain.

“My concern is to move ahead. We will need the best to manage the three universities.

“When I was sworn in 2017, the first executive bill I sent to the Ondo State House of Assembly was the establishment of the Ondo State Development and Investment Promotion Agency (ONDIPA)

“It was to see to the policy of investment promotion, business development, and wealth creation in our state.

“Today, through ONDIPA, Ondo has moved from number 34 to number 16 in the ease of doing business in Nigeria.

“By the grace of Almighty God, the Ore Industrial Park is a creation of ONDIPA.”

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