•Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi tasks workers on loyalty
•BY AYODELE ABERE in Ado Ekiti•
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state has halted the education development levy imposed on pupils of public and private schools by former Governor Ayo Fayose.
The order was given on Tuesday while speaking at the Ekiti North senatorial town hall meeting held in Ido-Ekiti as part of activities to mark his inauguration.
The governor declared free education in public primary and secondary schools to give indigent children access to education.
The Fayose regime imposed N1,000 on all pupils and students in private and government-owned schools.
The imposition of the levy was challenged in court by Catholic Diocese of Ekiti and is now before the Court of Appeal, Ado-Ekiti Division.
Fayemi said free education was one of the cardinal policies of his first administration describing education as a legacy that must not go beyond the reach of the poor.
The governor advised candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who won at the last primaries to be magnanimous in victory and carry the losers along ahead of the general elections.
He stressed that the winners are candidates of his party and not his (Fayemi’s) candidates hence all hands must be on deck to ensure their victory.
Fayemi also urged the people of the state to vote overwhelmingly for President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 16 presidential election.
The President, according to him, needs the votes of the Ekiti electorate to return to office and consolidate on the gains achieved during his first term.
Meanwhile, the state Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, has charged workers in the state service to give maximum support and cooperation to the administration of Dr Kayode Fayemi.
Giving the charge while paying an unscheduled visit to his office in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday, Egbeyemi expressed appreciation to God for using Gov Kayode Fayemi to choose him as his Deputy and promised to give total loyalty and support to the governor.
The Deputy Governor said that it was time to enjoy dividends of democracy, noting that the governor announced free education in all the primary and secondary schools and that school feeding programs will return in Ekiti state just a day after inauguration.
The Deputy Governor urged workers to shun unprofessional conducts like backbiting, pull it down syndromes and other acts of discipline.
He promised to make the workers welfare a priority.