- Meets Master Daniel Olutope, a Primary 3-pupil
- Commissioner warns school headteachers not to work against free education policy
- BY AYODELE ABERE in Ado Ekiti•
On May 7th, Daniel Olutope had a chance meeting with Governor Kayode Fayemi because he was chosen to share his desk and lunch with the governor at the launch of “Ekiti Kete School Meal”, the State’s Edition of the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme.
While waiting for the meal, Mr. Governor got chatting with Daniel and invited him to visit. The conversation went thus:
Fayemi: Would you like to come to visit me?
Daniel: Yes, but I don’t know your house.
Fayemi: You see that White House on the hill? (Points in the direction of Government House)
Daniel: Yes, but will they let me enter when I come?
Fayemi: I will tell them to let you come in after you fill a form.
Daniel: Okay, I will tell my mummy to bring me on Saturday.
When Daniel got home and told his mum about his new friend’s invitation, she didn’t believe him. So the Saturday visit never happened.
Last week, Mr. Governor saw a picture of his meeting with Daniel on social media and recalled his promise to Daniel of a visit. He directed his aides to go bring Daniel for a visit to his office after school.
The surprised boy came with his mum, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olutope Adaramodu and his class teacher, Mrs. Dupe Adeosun. It was a fun reunion of friendship formed over Ekiti Kete School Lunch.
Governor asked if Daniel would want to be the Governor. Daniel said yes! Governor Fayemi walked him to his seat and placed his young friend on it “Your Excellency sir!”, Mr. Governor addressed Daniel “hope you will excel in your studies”. An elated Daniel nodded.
To Daniel’s mum, seeing her child sitting on the Governor’s seat was surreal. “I felt like my son also can be a Governor like him someday”. For Daniel’s class teacher, meeting the Governor in his office was a dream come true.
In another development, the Ekiti State Commissioner for Education Science and Technology, Mr. Foluso Daramola has warned that any school head, teacher or staff
caught sabotaging the free education policy of the Governor Kayode Fayemi-led administration in the state would be severely dealt with.
Mr. Daramola gave the warning in Ado-Ekiti while distributing cheques for running grants for the first, second and third terms of 2018/2019 academic session to Head Teachers of public primary schools across the
16 local government areas of the state.
The Commissioner stressed that any staff found collecting illegal fees or levies from pupils in public schools or aiding such in the state would be treated as a saboteur, affirming that basic education in the Ekiti State is free and compulsory.
He disclosed that the governor, Fayemi has promised to give an upward review to the present running grants to public
schools to enhance effective teaching and learning as well as engender smooth day to day running of public schools in the state.
Responding on behalf of others, the Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers in Ekiti West Local Government Area of the state, Mr. Adeoye Ajayi thanked Fayemi for the gesture, noting that this was the first time in the history of the state that the state government would pay running grants to the public primary schools.
He promised that school heads would make judicious use of the fund and will also continue work in collaboration with the state government to take education to higher ground.