The New Progressive Movement (NPM) governorship candidate in Oyo State, Edward Ladoye, has pledged to revive the falling standard of education in the state, if elected.

Ladoye said the desire to revive the sector and develop the capacity of the people prompted him to contest for the number-one seat in the state.

A retired Colonel of the Nigerian Army, Ladoya made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said it was disheartening that the values of education and human capacity development in the state that was once regarded as the capital of Western Region had dropped significantly.

“What prompted me to contest for the governorship of Oyo State is the desire to rescue the education sector and ensure the human capacity development in the state.

“If you take the statistics of the WAEC results in the past 10 years, Oyo State is nowhere to be found among the best performing states. What are the causes of this?

“Again, I am interested in developing the capacity of the people. Once the human capacity is developed, the people will be able to think about how to solve their problems.

“We have the population. Even if there are no industries, if you develop the people, they can go outside the country and compete favourably,” he said.

Ladoye, who was the Accord Party governorship candidate in the 2015 elections in the state, said he would also develop the agricultural sector in order to ensure that the youth were gainfully employed.

“Why are the generality of our people running away from farming? If we recall, Cocoa House, Liberty Stadium, the first Television Station in Africa, etc, were built by late Chief Obafemi Awolowo through revenue from farming in the Western Region.

“Let’s face the fact; government cannot provide all the jobs for all the people. So, when you develop the people’s capacity, they will be able to think for themselves just like in China.

“When we were in school, anything from China, we did not value it. But now, China is almost taking over from the some developed countries.

“It is because their government developed their human capacity, apart from the population they have.

“We equally have the population in Africa. Let’s develop it so that there will be a paradigm shift from depending on the white collar job,” he said.

He said though other sectors such as health and infrastructure needed attention, within his four-year tenure, he would ensure that he addressed the problems militating against the education sector and human capacity development.

NAN reports that Ladoye retired from the Nigerian Army in 2006, went into private practice and founded his own security company.