The newly inaugurate Ekiti state Governor Kayode Fayemi has cancelled the education development levy imposed on pupils of public and private schools by former Governor Ayo Fayose.
Fayemi gave the order on Tuesday at the Ekiti North senatorial town hall meeting held in Ido-Ekiti as part of activities to mark his inauguration.
Recall that the election that won Fayemi the governorship is quite controversial. Thus many speculate that the election was allegedly not free and fair.
Following the return of Ekiti to the All Progressive Congress (APC), Fayemi may be righting the wrongs of the past administration .
The governor declared free education in public primary and secondary schools to give indigent children access to education.
The former Governor Fayose popularly know “Peter the rock”
regime imposed N1,000 on all pupils and students in private and government-owned schools.
The imposition of the levy was challenged in court by Catholic Diocese of Ekiti and is now before the Court of Appeal, Ado-Ekiti Division.
The governor advised candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who won at the last primaries to be magnanimous in victory and carry the losers along ahead of the general elections.
He stressed that the winners are candidates of his party and not his (Fayemi’s) candidates hence all hands must be on deck to ensure their victory.
Fayemi also urged the people of the state to vote overwhelmingly for President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 16 presidential election.
The President, according to him, needs the votes of the Ekiti electorate to return to office and consolidate on the gains achieved during his first term.
Fayemi said free education was one of the cardinal policies of his first administration describing education as a legacy that must not go beyond the reach of the poor.