By Babatunde Alao
An aide to the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu has fired back at critics for bringing up “puerile argument”, following the Governor’s appointment of Oladunni Odu as the chairman of State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB)
Allen Sowore, the Special Assistant to the Governor on new media pointed out that the appointment was “to revamp the education sector which is in a very bad shape in terms of infrastructure.”
The media aide said that the choice of the former State Primary Education Board, SPEB Chairperson was not unconnected to “her track record as the head of the board during Dr. Olusegun Agagu’s Administration—between 2003 and 2009–which many educationalists have held as the golden era in our primary education in the state.”
The government also maintained that the governor showed his commitment and sensitivity to gender equality.
“For the first time, two women are in the State cabinet, two women as Chairpersons of the Local Government Areas (Akure South and Okitipupa) and at least a woman in the Local Government Caretaker Committees across the state. This is commendable.”
The state government, however, lashed out at critics saying, “unfortunately, some political irredentists wouldn’t look at these germane points highlighted above. They insist the appointment belong to their local government. Other argued, she is of PDP extractions or that she is not the only person from the area. What a puerile argument”.