Fayemi halts Fayose education tax, restores free education
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state has halted the education development levy imposed on pupils of public and private schools by former Governor Ayo Fayose.
The order was given on Tuesday while speaking at the Ekiti North senatorial town hall meeting held in Ido-Ekiti as part of activities to mark his inauguration.
The governor declared free education in public primary and secondary schools to give indigent children access to education.
The Fayose regime imposed N1,000 on all pupils and students in private and government-owned schools.
The imposition of the levy was challenged in court by Catholic Diocese of Ekiti, and is now before the Court of Appeal, Ado-Ekiti Division.
Fayemi said free education was one of the cardinal policies of his first administration describing education as a legacy that must not go beyond the reach of the poor.
The governor advised candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who won at the last primaries to be magnanimous in victory and carry the losers along ahead of the general elections.
He stressed that the winners are candidates of his party and not his (Fayemi’s) candidates hence all hands must be on deck to ensure their victory.
Fayemi also urged the people of the state to vote overwhelmingly for President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 16 presidential election.
The President, according to him, needs the votes of the Ekiti electorate to return to office and consolidate on the gains achieved during his first term.