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The African Democratic Congress (ADC) governorship candidate for the upcoming Edo State Governorship Election, Osarenren Derek Izedonmwen has pledged to give every Edo child access to quality education, particularly in STEM subjects—Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics if elected governor.

The ADC Candidate who made the pledge in a goodwill message to Edo Children in commemoration of this year’s Children’s Day celebration, said under his leadership as governor of the state, no child will be left behind.

Engr. Izedonmwen said, “while I am
glad to reflect on my own childhood days, I am also very delighted to reach out to the school children of Edo State this day to commemorate the children day celebration.

“Reflecting on my own childhood, I was privileged to receive a solid educational foundation under the universal education system established by Prof. Ambrose Alli in the then Bendel State, now Edo and Delta states.

“This foundation has been crucial in my journey, demonstrating the liberating power of education, which is propelling me to aspire to high office and serve our community.

“Inspired by this legacy, I am committed to ensuring every child in Edo State, no matter their background, receives the same opportunities to learn, grow, and succeed.

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“Education is the cornerstone of any thriving society, and as we reflect on the legacy of Prof. Ambrose Alli, we are reminded of the transformative power of accessible learning.

“My commitment is clear: to ensure every child in Edo has access to quality education, particularly in STEM subjects—Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. These fields are not just academic disciplines; they are gateways to innovation and industrial growth.

“Under my leadership, no child will be left behind. We will significantly reduce the number of out-of-school children and ensure our educational system prepares a technology- ready workforce to lead Edo state into a prosperous future.

“The safety and well-being of our children will be a priority, creating a state where everyone, especially our young learners, can feel secure and proud.

“Let us honour this Children’s Day by committing to a future where every child’s potential can be fulfilled. Join me in envisioning an Edo state that champions education and provides every child the opportunity to excel and contribute meaningfully to our society.

“Happy Children’s Day to all the wonderful children of Edo State! May this day be as bright and promising as the future we aim to build together” he declared.


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