The Ondo State House of Assembly says concerted effort must be made to take children off the street and reduced the level of illiteracy.
The Chairman, House Committee on Education, Science and Technology, Mr Kolawole Ologede made the statement when he led other Members on familiarisation tour of the State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Teaching Service Commission, Board for Adult, technical and vocational education, Scholarship Board, Information Technology Agency, Universal Basic Education Board, and State library board all in Akure.
Mr Ologede described education as one of the bedrock of any Nation development and called for all hands on deck to achieve the set goal.
He gave an assurance that the parliament is committed to perform its responsibilities towards enhancing the education , science and technology sector in the State.
According to him,the Committee was on the visit to ensure they have first hand information and synergy.
Members of the committee commended the achievement recorded so far in the education sector in Ondo State and encouraged them to put in more efforts to achieve more successes in the sector.
Earlier,the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology ,Mr Femi Agagu thanked the House of Assembly for its commitment and support , adding that the visit would add value to the sector.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry,Mrs Folasade Adegoke who reeled out the activities, achievement, and challenges of the Ministry, the commissioner informed
that the State government through the Ministry had been paying for WAEC fees of public secondary schools students, while students who participated in National competitions have been winning laurels.
The commissioner pointed out that the Ministry procured and distributed textbooks and instructional materials
to 308 Public Secondary Schools in the State and awarded the procurement and distribution of Science Equipment and Mathematics Training Kits to 20 selected
Public Secondary Schools this year.
Mr Agagu however sought the support of the Lawmakers in terms of assesing funds and speedy passage of the proposed Ondo State senior Education Board bill when it get to the Assembly.
Other Agencies visited equally intimated the Committee on their activities, achievement and challenges and pledged cordial relationship with the Committee.