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100 Days in office: Makinde Ready to Commission Six Model Schools

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Governor Seyi Makinde will commission at least Six (6) Model Schools, executed under the Universal Basic Education Commission-FG/Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board intervention Projects across the three senatorial districts of Oyo State, as part of activities marking his 100 days in office.

Also, Government has promised speedy completion of all ongoing UBEC-FG/SUBEB projects in the state, before the year ends, assuring that pupils across the State would henceforth enjoy a better lease in their basic educational pursuits.

According to the Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran, this is part of efforts by the State Government to provide quality education to indigent pupils in the State.

He revealed that six Model schools across the State are ready for commissioning, stating that “this attests to the kind and genuine gestures the Governor has in rejigging the education sector of this State”.

“The Board has ensured that the contractors complete at least six (6) of the ongoing projects, which are ready for commissioning by His Excellency”, he said.

The Model school projects are located in Ibadan, Oyo and Oke-ogun region of the state, with modern facilities such as classrooms, sickbays, science laboratories, computer rooms, libraries and halls.

He further affirmed, that this is part of Oyo State Government’s efforts targeted at reviving the education system in the State and ensuring pupils return back to schools within a better environment.

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Speaking on the fast pace achieved at completing the already abandoned school projects within 100 days of the Governor Seyi Makinde led administration, Dr. Adeniran stated that the Governor’s pro-activeness and commitment to the development of education in the State, worked the magic.

He affirmed that Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration would ensure that education is not only made free for pupils across the State, but that Government would make the schools worth attending for the pupils.

“Our pro-activeness brought about this finished works. We ensured these projects are completed by the contractors on site”, he said.
Some of the schools ready for commissioning include, Elekuro Jnr. High School, Elekuro (Ona-Ara Local Government), St. Mathias Primary school, Orogun, (Akinyele Local Government Area).

Others are Community Primary School, Idi-osan (Ibadan North West Local Government Area), Baptist Primary school, Isokun (Oyo-East Local Government Area), Muslim Community Junior High School, Igbeti (Olorunsogo Local Government Area) and Ofiki Grammar School Ofiki, (Atisbo Local Government Area).

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LAUTECH ownership: Oyo to pay N8 billion to Osun in 3 years as asset sharing agreement

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Oyo state government has approved the payment of the sum of N8 billion to Osun State government as an asset sharing agreement, a follow-up to the earlier agreement reached between Oyo and Osun state governments on the ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).

The approval, which was conveyed  by the Commissioner for Education, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, would be paid in three installments spread over a period of three years.

According to a statement signed by Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday, the Commissioner  for Education,  Olaleye disclosed this while briefing journalists shortly after the Executive Council meeting held at the Governor’s Office.

“As a follow-up to the agreement reached with the Osun State government on the issue of sole ownership of LAUTECH, the Executive Council of Oyo State approved today the payment of the sum of N8 billion to Osun State government. It will be paid over a period of three years.

“The breakdown of the payment goes as follows: one (1) billion Naira will be paid in January 2021 and another one (1) billion Naira will be paid in December 2021. Three (3) billion Naira will be paid in 2022 and the last three (3) will be paid in 2023. This was the decision of the council today”, the commissioner explained.

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School Resumption Remains January 18th – FG Insists

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Despite fears over the surge in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, the federal government has insisted that the January 18th resumption date for schools in the country remains intact.

The Federal Ministry of Education, in a statement issued on Thursday by its Director, Press and Public Relations, Ben Bem Goong submitted, “After extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders, including State Governors, Commissioners of Education, Proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students, the consensus of opinion is that the resumption date of 18th January should remain”.

Meanwhile, the Ministry explained that all schools and parents must ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols such as wearing of face masks, social distancing among others. 

The ministry continued,  “These measures which are to ensure safe reopening of schools for academic activities will be subject to constant review as we urge teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance”.

It will be recalled that earlier in the week, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 had hinted that it would review the resumption date (January 18th, 2020) for learning institutions in the country, citing the rising COVID-19 infections in Africa’s most populous nation. 

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Ibadan Poly authorities dialogue with union leaders to resume

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Authorities of The Polytechnic, Ibadan (TPI) on Tuesday engaged the leaders of the striking workers of the institution in a marathon peace meeting that lasted about two and a half hours hoping for an early resolution of the strike action.

The meeting presided over by Professor Kunle Akinyemi, the Chairman of the Governing Council at the Board of Studies Chamber was attended by three other members of the Council and members of the Management which included the Rector, Professor Kazeem Adekunle Adebiyi, and the Registrar, Mrs Modupe Theresa Fawale.

Also, the meeting was attended by the representatives of the Senior Staff, the Non- Academic Staff and the Academic Staff.

During the meeting, the unions further reiterated their demands to which the Chairman of the Governing Council pleaded for time and understanding in the management and resolution of the issues at stake.

The Chairman appealed to the workers in the first instance to allow the students to complete the on-going first semester examination and also unlock the gates leading to the Institution for easy accessibility by the Public and other stakeholders having transactions within The Institution.

The Unions showed understanding and cooperation with the intentions of early resolution of the crisis.

It will be recalled that the workers commenced an industrial action on Monday, which  has disrupted all activities including the on-going first semester examination over the issue of payment of minimum wage by the Institution.   

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