Oyo State governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, on Sunday, revealed that he sold bread for 13 years of his life, while declaring free education in the state.
In his speech, during the 80th thanksgiving service of his mother, Mrs Abigael Makinde, at St Paul Anglican Church, Yemetu, Ibadan, on Sunday, the governor mentioned that the decision was borne out of the impact education had played in his successes in life, The Tribune reports.
He therefore urged parents to be much concerned about the education of their children or wards.
“For the first 13 years of my life, where we lived was not more than five minutes to where we are now. My mum was a Telephone Operator in the state secretariat. At Adeoyo State Hospital here, I and my brother Muyiwa also used to help her sell bread by the gate of Adeoyo State Hospital.
“What can propel a child who used to live some five minutes away from here [Yemetu] to become a Governor of Oyo state is education. And that is why we have declared that free and qualitative education has come to stay in Oyo state,” Makinde said.
Speaking further, he decried that some persons were hell-bent on sabotaging his governance.
Makinde said these efforts to frustrate government’s efforts was epitomised in some residents who continue to intentionally dispose their waste on medians and other unauthorized places.
“Once again, I thank the good people of Oyo State for your unalloyed support for this administration. Some people don’t want this government to succeed.