Ogun State governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Prince Gboyega Nasiru Isiaka, (GNI), has promised to convert several model schools built by the incumbent governor, Ibikunle Amosun into vocational, technical colleges if voted into power during the next year general elections.
GNI spoke in Abeokuta, the state capital as he launched his ‘7 Steps to Abundance’ manifesto, which kick started his electioneering for the 2019 governorship election.
Isiaka, who expressed confidence that his programme will revamp the state’s fortunes and restore good governance, also, promised to re-introduce the free-West African Examination Council for final year students in public schools recently scrapped by the incumbent administration.
He also promised to revamp the education sector, through creation of special funding to tackle what he described as deplorable infrastructures in schools.
This he said would be achieved by returning missionary schools to the owners, claiming that available statistics have shown noticeable decline which had hindered the dreams of the founding fathers of the state.
“With an external debt overhang of $107.5 million as at December 2017 (up from $103.4 million in 2016), coupled with an increase in domestic debt that rose from N58.38 billion in 2013 to N106.53 billion in 2017 (totaling N140 billion as at 2018), Ogun State’s debt servicing costs will create big dent in future revenue prospects and may hamper future developmental plans because domestic debt servicing is accelerating at 18% every year. What this indicates is unsustainably high executive financial mismanagement.
“Away from the numbers that is at best precarious at the moment, their negative social and economic impact on the people is even more shocking. Running an economy should be about the people and where a state incurs debt, it ought to be tied to projects and programmes that significantly enhances the people’s welfare and also has capacity to regenerate income for the state,” Isiaka submitted.
The two-time governorship candidate, also lamented that servicing the debt of the state will take a negative toll on her future revenue and added that running an economy should be about the people and “not about projects that lack capacity to enhance the welfare of the populace”.
While promisimg to return missionary schools to the owners, if elected into ofrice Isiaka, declared that his manifesto will adequately cover provision of potable water, sanitation, health care, agriculture and women empowerment.