As governorship election in Ondo state is few days ahead, promises thrived accurately at the just concluded Ondo gubernatorial debate organized by Face voters initiative.
The debate was held in Akure the state capital between candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Social Democratic Party (SDP) Prince Tope Fasua, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Eyitayo Jegede while Agboola Ajayi of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) was absent at the debate.
Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the incumbent governor affirmed that his administration has tried in agricultural sector of the State and ready to do more while the candidate of the PDP plegded to make agriculture profitable for youths in the State by creating markets and value for the agricultural products.
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Eyitayo lamented over the health insurance sector of the people in the state noting that no condition should be placed on health for vulnerable people such as children below six years and pregnant women, he further expressed sadness at the situation of one of his staff whose daughter wasn’t attended to at the hospital due to pausity of fund.
However, Akeredolu at the event opposed that by saying the vulnerables have enjoyed free medical care under his administration and also urged the people to tender their card “Igbe Ayo” as health insurance scheme is much available in the State. The governor also revealed that his administration has built six more mother and child hospitals in the state.
When asked how to finance institutions in case tuition fee is reduced, Eyitayo suggested that expansion of intakes will help fund the schools as more students will apply for courses. He confirmed that they all enjoyed the free education scheme by Chief Obafemi Awolowo and the new generation should not be cut off from this opportunity. While Akeredolu disclosed that the tuition fee Adekunle Ajasin University students are paying is equal to what other higher institutions within Southwest charge their students.
Meanwhile, the candidates at the debate after allegeding each other of using political thugs to attack their campaigns urged their supporters to shun violence as nobody is worth dying for.