Funke Akindele, the deputy governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos, has claimed there are over two million out-of-school children in the state.
Akindele, the Nollywood actress, was officially unveiled as the running mate of Olajide Adediran, Lagos PDP governorship candidate better known as Jandor, on Tuesday.
When asked what she thinks is the biggest challenge in the state, Akindele said it was ‘infrastructure deficit.’
She also lamented the challenges in the education sector.
The actress, citing the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB), claimed Lagos alone has over two million out-of-school children.
“(In Lagos) we’re suffering from infrastructure and decay. Yes, Lagos is a metropolitan city, it’s large and sophisticated. It’s a commercial and tech hub while a lot come in to do business here,” she said.
“So, we should not be talking about bad roads and poor health system. Look at the children; we have over two million out-of-school children in Lagos here. Too bad! so we need to do something about it.
“You said education is free, do they have uniforms? Can’t we provide at least one free meal for them, provide good learning and teaching aids, train and retrain teachers…there are several unemployed youths out there, what programmes do we have for them.”
.@funkeakindele: We have over 2 million children out of school in Lagos… We say education is free but do children have free uniforms?Advertisement
— CableLifestyle (@CableLifestyle) July 15, 2022
‘WE WON’T BUILD LAGOS ON ASSUMPTIONS’ — AKINDELE STRUGGLES WITH QUESTIONS
During the interview, the actress appeared to have struggled with some of the questions asked by the host.
When asked how she and Jandor would address the issue of funding — essential for improving infrastructure — when elected, she promised to address that later.
She also claimed that she has a strategic team working on data in the state, adding that her team “won’t build Lagos on assumptions”.
“Presently we’re working with a strategic team; of course I am going to keep on talking about it, we are going to proffer solutions where we have the data,” she quipped.
“You are not just going to build Lagos on assumptions. So we’re working with a strategic team to get enough data. I’m coming in for the children, for the young people and women, for the Lagosians.
“I am saying that a lot is going wrong in Lagos. I just remain focus on the problems we’re going through and proffer solutions. I’m tired of talking and typing. I’m calling you know to make a change.”
A similar scenario played out when she was asked how her team intends to address the challenges facing ports in Lagos.
“Like I said earlier, we’re working, most especially me. I’m working with a strategic team for our blueprint because you don’t have Lagos built on assumptions,” she replied.
Several Nigerians have taken to social media to react to her performance during the interview:
Here are what some had to say:
I didn’t say anything as regards Funke Akindele’s dancing at the rally because she has the right to do so, just like every other politicians — but, that Channels TV interview was more of comedy tbh, it was so obvious in her body language while reacting to questions. Jenifa oo!😅
— Sulaimon Ogunsanya 📻👨🍳 (@SlyAlamala) July 15, 2022
KAYODE: Funke, what is the current GDP of Lagos, the IGR and 2022 CAPEX?
F.AKINDELE: I know Jendor and I av a lot of work to do when we get in, we will address all of these problems.
— LMAN ✨ (@L_man__) July 14, 2022
So disappointed @funkeakindele if you are not ready for interview,pls don't grant it, your answers are very less impressive. Politics is beyond speaking English. You are a colleague but you just want getting back @OfficialAPCNg becos covid issues. @channelstv
— Ola Jason (@akanbi_le) July 15, 2022
That Funke Akindele interview on Channels TV was an epic failure!!
— $Elemoh (@Iam_lordmayor) July 15, 2022
Funke Akindele has acted well by joining politics. Then I would ask, does she really want to win the election?
Did she plan her political move and future or it was an afterthought?
Her interview with Channels TV showed she is not in it to win.
All the same, it's a good "idea".
— Civics Education Teacher🇳🇬 (@yomiakinsola) July 14, 2022
After watching Funke Akindele on channels TV last night
I realized that PDP aren't ready yet to take Lagos come 2023… "My fans will vote for me, I have fans outside Ikorodu"
You better wake up from your slumber @funkeakindele
— #JoksEnterprise (@Joks_official) July 15, 2022
That Funke Akindele interview with channels TV is cracking me up big time. She thinks Lagos is Ayetoro😀😀😀😀
— Oyeleke Akinpelu (@lekeakinpelu) July 15, 2022
Funke Akindele looks so nervous on Channels TV #PoliticsToday
— Pamela Ephraim (@pamephraim) July 14, 2022
Funke Akindele spoke intelligently tonight on Channels TV. She's an actress, a host, a mother and a politician. Let me reintroduce her. Her name is FUNKE AKINDELE aka JENIFA… The next deputy Governor of Lagos state. #CTVlive#JandorFunkelagos23 pic.twitter.com/TfxIvNeApC
— kelly (@nottherealkel) July 14, 2022
— churchmind (@chidi_onyems) July 14, 2022
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