Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has said his administration is paying debts on mega schools built by his predecessor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko.
SUNSHINE HERALD recalled that Mr. Mimiko had during his tenure as Governor between 2009 and 2017 built about 50 mega schools across the 18 local government in the state.
According to the former governor, the mega school concept is a deliberate policy of his government to ensure quality education for children from the basic level.
But in an interview published by Vanguard on Sunday, Mr. Akeredolu said the concept of the former governor was not well planned as most of the special schools don’t have enough students.
“With all respect to my brother and past governor, I am not too sure it was done with a thorough plan because most of them don’t have enough students. The polytechnic has applied for the one in Isoro that has been there for a long time and not put in use. They want to use it as a Centre and they believe that it will be better utilized.
“My predecessor, before he left, knew the problems. The one in Ondo, he gave it to the university. The one in Ile Oluji, he gave it to the polytechnic. We are going to assess everything. Okitipupa has asked us for one, we are giving to OSUSTECH too.
“The one today in Araromi is just lying there; we can’t see anybody that wants it yet. This is the situation. It is not because the schools are not well built, we are even paying debts on them,” he said.
Speaking on the likely merger of the universities in the state given the huge fund they are gulping, the governor said, “The merger of universities is more political and highly sensitive and because of that, you must tread carefully. In making your decision on this, many things we surely guide it.
“We have had education summit and if people do not see what danger the state suffers having three universities, they are on their own.”