The former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka, has admonished the State Chairman, Board of Technical and Vocational Education (BTVE), Hon. Kayode Babade, to be more civil in his approach to issues of state importance.
Reacting to a publication credited to Kayode Babade, where he allegedly called Prof. Eleka “a liar” on his claim that previous government renovated and constructed Government Technical College, Ado Ekiti to about 99% before Fayemi came on board, a media aide to the former Deputy Governor, Mr. Adebisi Adeola said Babade lacks “comprehension skill”.
“I want to say without mincing word that such uncouth statement and ill-mannered approach is unbecoming of a man of his status, hence, same is unacceptable.
“The records are there for every interested and well- meaning people of Ekiti state to verify how far the previous government between 2014- 2018 invested hugely inTechnical and Vocational Education.
“Truth is, there was no ambiguity in what Prof. Kolapo Eleka said.
Against the fabricated figure of 99%, Eleka said all projects at Government Technical College, Ado Ekiti had reached over 90 % completion stage whereas the contractor had been paid 80% of the contract sum.
Adeola said: “Mr. Babade should made himself clearer about his assertion with facts and figures.
Adeola, who said Mr. Babade should know that government is a continuum, added that there was no substantive projects that could be mentioned in his response.
“It is worthy of note to reiterate that the previous Ayo Fayose-led administration, Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka and his team embarked on a vigorous campaign against examination malpractices in the education sector. Hard work and excellence were rewarded among teachers as a way of motivation for them. Best primary and secondary school teachers were awarded new cars. Best head teachers and best-performing schools were recognised and rewarded.
“These proactive measures resulted in history-making and record-breaking performance of Ekiti State candidates in these external examinations. Ekiti State came first in NECO SSCE all over the country in 2016 (96.48%); 2017 (85%) and 2018 (90.61%).”
“The performance in WAEC SSCE moved from the undesirable 29% in 2014 to as high as 71.83% in 2017. These are records that no one can deny.
“In addition, Ekiti State took the first position in the national YONSPA – Young Nigerian Scientist Presidential Award (Best Science Student), JETS Quiz competition, STAN Science Quiz competition, all in 2016,” Adeola added.
The Spokesman however lamented that some of these good measures were jettisoned by the present administration in Ekiti State, hence the poor performance of Ekiti in different educational outings with neighboring states.
“This is a clear evidence of retrogression in the education sector under the current government of Fayemi,” Adeola concluded.