As Nigerians prepare for the 2015 general elections, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Mr Jimi Agbaje, has promised to focus on primary education, housing and transportation amongst other areas if elected as governor of Lagos state in February.
Mr Agbaje told newsmen?on Tuesday?during a breakfast programme in Lagos, that huge improvement was needed in the education sector, stressing that the Lagos State government had not paid enough emphasis on primary education which was most important in the education of every Nigerian.
?We need to make Lagos work better. A lot of the education budget is spent on secondary and tertiary education. Lagos State has spent about three per cent on primary education and it is negligible.
?Children don?t have a good foundation. Because the primary level is not working, you have children in the private primary schools.
?If you get the foundation right you will be spending less as you go up the ladder,? he said.
The PDP governorship candidate said that he would ensure that basic education remained free, emphasising that there is no country that makes progress without a good primary education foundation.
?Lagos State spends about 14 per cent of its budget on education. The western region spent 40 per cent of its budget on education.?
He further said that his administration, if elected, would ensure that funds were set aside for the training of teachers in the state.
Mr Agbaje said: ?Education is about innovation and creativity and it is pertinent that children are prepared along that line?.
?Education has change all over the world and it is no longer the one-plus-one is equal to two. It is about innovation and creativity. You will find that a lot of those who have changed the world did not get to where they were from university education. It is the kind of education that they received at that basic level.
?Currently, about 82 per cent of the education budget is on recurrent expenditure and if you want to make progress, have schools that have laboratories and other necessary facilities, you have to change the round.
?The younger ones today are not very familiar with the use of libraries. We will use education programmes that children can learn from.
?It is time that we begin to have free Wi-Fi hotspots for the young ones to access the internet and get access to materials online.?
Agbaje stated that funds for the needed improvements would be generated from leakages that we would be tightened.