Olorogun Barrister Kenneth Gbagi, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate in Delta state, has revealed that his government will make education free from primary to the tertiary level in the state. This is the first time a governorship candidate is making a promise and is ready to stand by it.
Over the years, education has been free from primary to secondary where pupils and students do not pay school fees in the public primary and post primary schools. But Gbagi, an entrepreneur, is adding for the first time the tertiary education which includes colleges of education, polytechnics and universities in the state.
This is one of the biggest promises the SDP candidate is making for the people of Delta state. Gbagi believes that education is one of the fundamental planks upon which society is built and the success and development of any society depends on the education of its citizens. This will broaden the citizens’ knowledge base, thus creating opportunity for innovations for development.
Gbagi, who is known to be the biggest industrialist in the state, is not leaving any stone unturned in his quest to make Delta a viable state that could be comparable to developed countries across the globe. He is well traveled and has seen the development pattern in parts of the world. He is set to replicate same in Delta.
The objective of the free education to the tertiary education level is to help parents who are battling to train their children and remove them from the streets of Delta communities. For him, no child should stay away from school for lack of funds. This is why he is creating this opportunity to pull all Delta youths from the streets of the state.
As soon as he is sworn in after winning by the grace of God, he will abolish payment of tuition fees in all tertiary institutions owned and controlled by Delta state government. Gbagi believes that there is enough money to take care of the essential services in Delta, and being an entrepreneur with great business acumen, he knows various avenues to raise funds to meet all the needs in the state.