The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has assured staff of the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, and their counterparts from the School of Health Technology, Ijero-Ekiti, that contrary to the propaganda of the opposition, he won’t sack any worker if he wins the July 14 governorship election.
He also promised to pay salary regularly and improve on the infrastructure, including organising training programmes that can enhance academic excellence.
Fayemi was speaking at a stakeholders forum with teachers and youth groups on Friday in continuation of his engagements with stakeholders ahead of the July 14 governorship election.
The staff of the College of Education thanked Fayemi for ensuring the enactment of the law establishing the college, including providing infrastructure, subvention and regular payment of salary. They pleaded for accreditation of more courses and training to ensure quality of academic programmes to produce marketable graduates.
The representative of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, expressed the hope that Fayemi will do better when he is back and promised to mobilise the school community to vote for the APC candidate.
The union leaders regretted that infrastructure remained the same in the school since Fayemi left government while charges skyrocketed with no benefit from Fayose’s administration except victimisation and harassment.
They demanded payment of outstanding gratuity to retired staff and seven months salary arrears, accreditation of courses and infrastructure, working relationship with SUBEB to train primary school teachers to keep them updated in teaching techniques and improve quality education generally.
Fayemi bemoaned infrastructure decay and leadership failure at Ijero School of Health Technology, saying that the solution to the problem is in the hands of the academic community and asked them to vote wisely.
He expressed dismay that school enrolment had fallen sharply since he left the government while scholarship, payment for public exams had stopped.
He said Fayose never promised anything to Ekiti people during his campaign in 2014 election, and so he can’t be held accountable to anything unlike his eight-point agenda that was explicit, hence his better performance.
He said having gone through the road before, he knew what the problems were and promised better times for the schools.
Fayemi agreed with the demands of the groups, adding that what was needed was a comprehensive review of the system to give the best to the colleges.
He debunked claims that he would sack workers as a revenge for his loss in the 2014 poll.
“Why will I sack workers? I recruited more teachers. I increased workers salary three times within four years. I didn’t owe workers and in fact paid six months arrears to teachers. If I didn’t revenge before I left office when I had the opportunity, why will I sack workers now?”
He urged youths to be focused and avoid being used as thugs, saying that they remained the greatest hope for Nigeria to grow the nation’s economy.