The Ogun State Government has cautioned herdsmen to stay off the premises of its newly constructed model schools across the state.

The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Modupe Mujota, gave the advice at a press conference on Saturday in preparation for the maiden edition of its education summit.

The official said herdsmen have been sighted with their cattle grazing within the premises of some of the colleges ‎still under construction.

Ms. Mujota, however, noted that the affected colleges were still under the care of contractors, and have not been handed over to the state.

She said it was, however, necessary to caution the herdsmen.

The Ogun government’s announcement follows that by similar educational institutions including the University of Ilorin and the University of Uyo warning herdsmen to stay off their premises.

Speaking on the education summit, Ms. Mujota said it is aimed at addressing issues affecting the sector with a view to proffering solutions to them.

She said education stakeholders from the 36 states of Nigeria would converge in Ogun to brainstorm on salient issues bordering on the sector towards engendering policies that would revitalize the sector.

The theme of the summit is ‘’Affordable Qualitative Education, Pursuit of Excellence,” she said.

“Education is a right and not a privilege, Ogun State has with a sense of duty and responsibility made education first in its Five Cardinal Programmes since it came on board.

“We have in the beginning of this year had an agenda setting session with His Excellency where each of the Five Cardinal Programmes were strongly reviewed, and as an anchor of that interaction’

‘We ae set to hold an education summit where all stakeholders in the education sector can come together, deliberate on the successes of the past with considerable investment made by the administration so as to review the outcome so far and also propose the next step’’, she said.

Ms. ‎Mujota said the summit, scheduled to hold between May 22 and 23, would have participants drawn from private and public schools, Parent Teachers Associations, market women, religious associations, State Universal Basic Education Board, Teaching Service Commission, past commissioners and permanent secretaries.

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