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Ajimobi to invest N5.6b on school infrastructure



THE Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi said his administration has earmarked a sum of N5.6billion to spend on school infrastructural development in the state.

The governor stated this on Tuesday in Ibarapa area of the state during commissioning of blocks of school classrooms, solar street light and water boreholes sponsored by Hon. Ayoade Olugbenga Ojoawo, representing Ibarapa Central/ Ibarapa North Federal Constituency in Abuja.

According to the governor who was represented by the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela, the infrastructural development will be completed in the next 12 months to wear the schools new looks.

He said: ” this is the demonstration of what government is preaching especially by the Governor Abiola Ajimobi-led government that the issue of education is now a collective responsibility.

Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Olowofela flanked by the APC Chieftains during the commissioning of projects in Ibarapa area yesterday

“Oyo State is vast and large and in the entire South West, Oyo State has highest number of public secondary and primary schools. When the government constituted the School Governing Board (SGB), the idea was that when all hands are on deck, we will be able to solve the problem of infrastructure and quality assurance in all the 628 secondary schools in the state.

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“I want to emphasize that the state government has set aside N5.6billion to be spent on infrastructural development in all schools in the state. Coupled with what individuals like Hon. Ayoade, SGB, Old students and government are doing, we are confident that by the next 12 months, all schools will wear new looks.

“And I also want to emphasize that this year WAEC result is the best since 1999 as the state has 54.18% this year against 21% it scored in 2015. This shows that the effort of the state government is yielding positive results”, the governor said.

Earlier in his address, the facilitator of the projects, Honourable Gbenga Ojoawo who was represented by his Special Adviser, Mrs. Yejide Olarinde informed that the gesture is to key into the recent Private Public Partnership adopted by the state government and adoption of schools for reconstructive academic rejuvenation for the state.

Recounting his achievement, the lawmaker said teacher’s complaint of bad school environment or obsolete school facilities are now things of the past, adding that he has been able to improve on punctuality of the teachers and students through his Iloko’s free shuttle buses across Ibarapa land with provisions of reference books.

He disclosed that his next phase is scholarship, stepping up extra curriculum activities to discover great talents, modern laboratories, effective libraries and computer based centers for technological advancement as necessities for  economic diversification and self reliance.

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Ojoawo, however promised not to relent  in touching lives and giving succour to the leaders of tomorrow for extensive positive impacts.



Ibadan Poly postpones examinations, gives reason




The Polytechnic Ibadan on Monday informed that it has postponed its first semester examination for the 2019/2020 session scheduled to commence today.

The decision, as learnt was taken in view of the protest embarked upon by the students who protested against inability to complete their registration.

Confirming the postponement of the examination, the Registrar of the institution, Mrs. Modupe Fawale said that the decision was taken “to enable students who were unable to meet registration and payment of tuition deadline to do so.”

Fawale added that the examination has been postponed till next week.

“Students are to also note that examination etiquette are sacrosanct hence, any student involved in examination malpractices will be sanctioned.

“Equally, any student caught with cellphone and smart watch will be suspended from the institution and the materials will be confiscated.

“Students are expected to observe all Covid-19 protocols including the use of facemask and those who failed to abide shall not be permitted to take part in the scheduled examination.

“As earlier informed, students facing registration challenges are to go to the accredited ICT centres for solution”, she submitted.

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Education: Oyo Govt Rolls Out 226 Contracts for 2019 UBEC/SUBEB Intervention Projects



No fewer than 102 Local contractors participated in the bid opening exercise for the 2019 FGN-UBEC/OYOSUBEB Intervention projects held at Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board’s premises on Friday.

The exercise, according to the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran was done in compliance with provision of Public Procurement Act 2010.

“We allowed due process in this bid opening, which states that people should be allowed to tender for any goods and/or services, and the tender should be open in the presence of the tenderers”, he said.

While he reiterated the Board’s commitment to transparency and integrity in the selection process, he admonished contractors who submitted bids to embrace the spirit of sportsmanship.

The Chairman also revealed that the projects are being jointly financed by Oyo State Government through the State Universal Basic Education Board and the Federal Government, through the Universal Basic Education Commission.

Dr. Nureni Adeniran further said that a total of Two Hundred and Twenty-six (226) lots are being rolled out, adding that the process involved transparency and due process.

He said the contracts bidded for include: Construction of a Model School; Construction of eight blocks of six classrooms; construction of 14 blocks of four classroms.

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Others are construction of 32 blocks of 3 classrooms; construction of 4 ECCDE pilot centres; construction 10 perimeter fencing.

Also, the contractors bidded for renovation of 66 blocks of classrooms; sinking of 40 boreholes; procurement of 48 lots of furniture and procurement of 3 lots of sport equipment/facilities.

Dr. Adeniran also disclosed that the Board is on the verge of completing the 2018 FGN-UBEC/OYOSUBEB Intervention projects, adding that the projects are on 80% completion.

The Chairman therefore urged tenderers to deliver a thorough job and ensure speedy completion of the intervention projects.

He said, “Bidders are strongly advised to ensure speedy project execution, as this administration has zero tolerance for time wastage, as far as project execution is concerned”.

The bid opening exercise was witnessed by representatives of Universal Basic Education Commission, Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Bureau of Public Procurement, Federal Ministry of Education.

Other bodies represented include, Nigeria Institute of Engineers, Nigeria Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers and CSACEFA.




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Teachers’ Day: Akanbi heaps praises on teachers for creating future world leaders



Former Senator Adesoji Akanbi, on Monday recognized the sacrifices and accomplishments of all teachers, commending them for creating future world leaders in their various field of endeavours.

The APC chieftain, who represented Oyo South Senatorial District between 2015-2019, in an emotional appreciation message made available to Mega Icon Magazine, also paid glowing tributes to the teachers for working their hearts out to lift up young people.

Akanbi, who was conferred ‘Distinguished Education Stakeholder’s Award’ by the NUT, Ibadan Southwest Branch said, “here is to the men and women who get up every day and work their hearts out to lift up our young people.

“The men and women who teach our children to make the world a better place.

“The men and women creating future world leaders, Doctors, Engineers, Scientists, Lawyers, Philosophers, Entertainers, and of course, more Teachers.

“To the men and women toiling hard for the betterment of our children, striving for a better future of the nation, we say thank you Sir/Ma.

“Happy Teacher’s Day”, the message concluded.

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