By Abdulfatai Sobande, Abeokuta
The Ogun State African Democratic Congress(ADC) Governorship Candidate, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, along with his counter-part Ademola Ogunbanjo of the Alliance for New Nigeria(ANN) and Otunba Rotimi Paseda of the Social Democratic Party(SDP) have called for caution on the issue of usage of hijab by female pupils in public primary and secondary schools in the state.
The governorship candidates who issued the warning during a public debate organized by the Ogun State Province of the African Church, Nigeria in Abeokuta, said there should religious harmony among people, irrespective of their beliefs.
Isiaka speaking through his Campaign Organization Director General, Asiwaju Tony Ojesina at a public debate by the Ogun State province of the African Church in Abeokuta, promised to hold to an education summit involving all stakeholders to address the issue among other things affecting education in the state ,if elected at the March 2, 2019 poll.
He said scholarship and bursary Award should be resuscitated to ensure the less privileged enjoin qualitative education at all levels in the state.
The ANN candidate , Ademola Ogunbanjo promised to seek public opinion on the issue but quickly clarified that parents and pupils should abide strictly to acceptable mode of dressing of the mission schools either Christian or Muslim, if elected.
Also the SDP candidate, Rotimi Paseda who was represented by his Campaign Organization’s Director General , Engineer Folarin equally said , if elected his administration would bring stakeholders together ,to find solution to the issue.
Most Reverend Solomon Odunu explained the church organized the debate to part of the electoral process and engaged the politicians on the agenda for the well-being of the people and development of the state .
He expressed satisfaction with the level of response of the candidates ,praying for the successful polls in the state.###