FORMER Youths Development Minister, Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi, on Tuesday, pleaded with the Osun State governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, to stop fanning the embers of religious disunity in the state over the implementation of a new education policy in introduced by the government.
In a sallah message issued by Senator Olasunkanmi, a governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun, which was made available to newsmen on Tuesday, he lamented that the system had failed the popularity test among parents, teachers and other critical stakeholders in the education sector.
According to the former minister, “like his many other policies and programmes, this new policy has demonstrated a disconnect between the Aregbesola government and the people of Osun.
“The government should, as a matter of urgency, listen to the voice of reason by the people of Osun State and not turn the state into a guinea-pig for all sorts of distortive and disruptive experiments.”
He advised the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government in the state to always consult widely before introducing any new policy, while it should, as well, be ready to reverse any unpopular policy among the people.
“The recent merging of schools has failed the acceptability test. It is retrogressive and has taken us so many years backward, instead of moving us forward.
“It is unthinkable that our children now walk long distances from their various homes in order to be educated with all the attendant risks,” he said.