The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Col. Kefas Agbu, on Tuesday has promised to implement free and compulsory basic education for citizens of Taraba state if elected governor in the Saturday March 11 governoship and state House of Assembly polls.
Agbu made the promise in Gembu, Sadauna local government while speaking on the program, ‘Taraba Correspondent Chapel Media Parley, The Road to 2023’ on Tuesday.
According to Tribune, while explaining the importance of education to the people of Taraba, he said, primary and post primary education would be made free and compulsory to lay a year long academic foundation that would etch the name Taraba in the global standard of education to attract technology driving economy.
He noted that for any state to improve its infrastructural development, basic and quality education must be seriously put into consideration technology driving.
If quality education is established to train young entrepreneurs that can explore ideas that would boost the state economy in all sectors of development.
“My plan for a technology driving economy that would ensure the realization of a new Taraba can only be realize if education is prioritize. I will make primary and post primary education free and compulsory to lay a year long academic foundation that would place Taraba among contending state in the global standard of education to attract technology driving economy.
“In doing this, I will bring expert that would train young entrepreneurs that can explore ideas that would boost the state economy in all sectors of development. I believe that quality and compulsory education for Tarabans would place Taraba above great Nigeria states in all sector of development.
“I will harness the potential in agriculture and it’s attractiveness to both local and foreign investors. I will ensure that the mechanize way of farming is establish to boost farming business. I am already discussing with experts to have the idea establish within the first year of my administration.
“All the economic development plans of my blueprint is targeted toward building a solid foundation of development for the youth. My government will be youth focused, the youth will be well represented. I will prioritise youth empowerment and provide mentorship programmes for them,” Agbu promised.
Agbu who decried the ordeal of pensioners, vowed to address within shortest time in office.
He said, “I am a retired civil servant and I know how I feel any time I received an alert of my pension. It makes me feel that my services to Nigeria are being appreciated. With this in mind, I will make sure the problems with Taraba Pensioners is properly taken care of.”