The Seyi Makinde led administration in Oyo State has tasked stakeholders on an all-inclusive participatory implementation of Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) in the State, adding that the objective of the programme was to enhance access to quality education for the out-of-school children, improve literacy rate, and retain them in schools at the basic education level.
Governor Makinde made this call during a policy dialogue workshop on implementation of BESDA held at Emeritus Professor Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall in Ibadan, the state capital yesterday.
Speaking on his behalf, the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof Kehinde Sangodoyin informed that the initiative would increase access to better education in the State, disclosing further that about Two hundred and seventy-two thousand, eight hundred and forty-seven out-of-school children would be beneficiaries.
Sangodoyin also hinted that the initiative intended to include every child in the free education policy of the State, “leaving no child behind and consequently making every child count”.
According to him, the state government’s free education policy has yielded an increase in the return of children to public schools across the State.
“Recently, the State Government has announced free and compulsory qualitative education at Basic and Secondary Education levels in the State. The resultant effects of which is an increase in enrollment in our public schools throughout the State,” he said.
The Commissioner ascertained that the State government had adopted proactive measures to enhance collaboration with relevant stakeholders in the education sector, to address the effects of out-of-school-children in the State.
While appreciating World Bank and Universal Basic Education Commission for their financial and technical supports, Prof. Sangodoyin added that “Oyo State, as one of the beneficiaries would ensure judicial use of funds to improve literacy and strengthen accountability for result.”
Also speaking at the event, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran affirmed that the main objective of the programme was to eradicate child abuse and other vices in the society.
“BESDA programme will help in eliminating child abuse and child labour, improve health and hygiene, promote self reliance, increase economic growth and enhance social strength of the nation while eliminating the incidence of out-of-school-children”, he opined.
He urged parents and guardians to ensure the literacy of their wards and tasked teachers to be dedicated to their duties to revive the education sector.
Facilitators at the Workshop, Professor Rashid Adewumi Aderinoye and a former Chairman of the Board, Dr. Suleiman Adediran called on all stakeholders, including Government and its various agencies, School Based Management Committees, School Governing Boards to monitor and evaluate Basic education system for better students’ performance in the State.
Other Speakers at the event which heralded the commencement of BESDA activities in the State included, the Zonal Director, Universal Basic Education Commission, Mrs. Roseline Medubi, who called on all stakeholders, particularly parents to join hands with Government in the elimination of Out-of-School children in the State.
Representative of Traditional rulers in the State, the Eleruwa of Eruwa, H.R.M, Oba Samuel Adegboola, called for strict implementation of the law which prohibits child labour for effective implementation of the programme.
World Bank had granted a 611-million-dollar facility for the BESDA programme, designed to support Federal Government’s Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and to facilitate the implementation of the 2016/2019 Ministerial Strategic Plan (MSP) on Out-of-School Children (OOSC).
The programme was being implemented in 17 States, including 13 selected states of the northwest and northeast, as well as Niger, Ebonyi and Rivers states, while Oyo was the only beneficiary in the South West region.
The selection of the participating states was based on the prevalence of the number of out-of-school children, estimated at about 13.2 million in the country
COVID-19: Ibadan Poly rector advocates accurate information, as institutions prepare for resumption
The Rector of The Polytechnic, Ibadan (TPI), Professor Kazeem Adebiyi has advocated for keeping of up to date and accurate information as part of management’s efforts to curtail the dreaded Covid- 19 pandemic in our tertiary Institution.
Professor Adebiyi advocated this at a lecture he presented recently at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.
Adebiyi who presented a paper on staff/ staff relationship under new norms and values in Education Delivery after Covid -19 stressed the need for the Tertiary Institutions in the country to provide transparent communication in their day to day activities as part of the strategies to curtail the dreaded Covid- 19 pandemic.
He maintained that management of the institutions should as a rule listen to their staff and respond to concerns about their wellbeing.
The Rector, who also noted that the Management should organise ways to ease the burdens on their staff emphasised that attention must also be given to their mental health and well- being.
He averred that the closure of educational institutions as a preventive measure against the spread of Covid- 19 has affected the education, wellbeing and functioning of all parties involved and efforts must be made to curtail it by living with it safely.
Ibadan Poly sacks chief lecturer over alleged sexual misconduct
The management of The Polytechnic, Ibadan last Tuesday terminated the appointment of Mr. Ajadi Kelani Ojo Omotosho, a lecturer in the department of Urban and Regional Planning in the institution.
According to a statement signed by the institution’s Registrar/Secretary to the Council, Fawale M.T and made available to Mega Icon Magazine, the lecturer was shown the way out of the citadel of learning for his involvement in act of misconduct which resulted in “embarrassing and tarnishing the image” of The Polytechnic, Ibadan , his employer.
The letter of termination dated 15th September, 2020 , signed by Fawale M.T, the Registrar read, “You will recall that you were engaged in an inappropriate behavior and a poorly managed relationship with your former student. These resulted in embarrassing and tarnishing the image of your employer, The Polytechnic, Ibadan.
“You will also recall your responses and appearances before the investigation panel and senior staff disciplinary committee that looked into the above matters. After a careful consideration of the issues above, the Governing Council found you guilty as your actions and activities amount to misconduct.
“The Governing Council, therefore approved the immediate termination on your appointment with effect from Friday , 11th September,2020. “You are to handover all properties of the institution in your possession to your Head of Department”, the letter concluded.
‘Many of my classmates called me daddy and taught me law’ – Adeolu Akande
…completed law programme after four attempts
I wasn’t the oldest in the class. I think there were at least three persons in the Abuja Campus of the Law School who were above 70 years of age. I, however, belonged to a generation of students called “the Elders,” most of us in our 50s and 60s. I was inspired by many of the older gentlemen, especially those who had been Senators, Members of the House of Representatives, Permanent Secretaries, Ambassadors, and successful professionals – Accountants, Doctors, Engineers, Actors, Journalists, etc. It was an irony that each time some of my younger classmates told me I inspired them, coming to the Law School at my age, I, in turn, took my inspiration from those above 70 and successful men who were in the same class.
My interest in Law was spurred by my interest in politics and the fact that many of the personalities that inspired my interest in politics like Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola, Chief Bode Thomas were lawyers. My interest in Law deepened when I had opportunities to work in government (Federal and State), and from there, I concluded that knowledge of Law is a sine qua non for outstanding performance in government. As Chief of Staff to Governor Abiola Ajimobi, there were occasions when we had heated debates on issues. The governor would agree with my position but would end up accepting the counsel of the lawyers in the cabinet. His reasoning was always that if he followed my advice and there was a backlash, he would be left vulnerable. However, he could still take refuge in the fact that he followed the counsel of his lawyers, especially on matters bordering on legal issues. When the governor dissolved the cabinet in 2013, I resolved to go back to school and Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State offered me a serene, stimulating and comfortable environment to pursue my dream.
It was both challenging and fun attending classes with younger classmates. Many of them called me daddy, and I often found that amusing. Many of them were also quite helpful. I believe this new generation is smarter. They grasp issues much faster, and they are quicker to adapt. They have access to more information and can sustain discussions across many disciplines, having no boundaries between what the older generations classify as “serious” and “unserious”. For instance, they don’t regard versatility in music as a sign of unseriousness. I encountered many of the best students in the class who were nimble dancers and almost fanatical football fans, especially the English Premier League.
Midway into the session, I was astonished when they discussed issues of Law, and I began wondering whether we were in the same class! This inspired me, or more accurately, pressured me to work harder.
Many of them taught me the mathematics aspect of Law, particularly in Corporate Law and Property Law. Believe me, it is helpful when people who are younger than you teach you a subject. You feel challenged to work harder, especially when the one teaching you does not have the patience to repeat himself. One of them once told me, “Daddy, this thing is not as difficult as you make it look! I was slightly jolted, but I calmed down and jokingly told him to take it easy with daddy!
..I SUCCEEDED AFTER FOUR ATTEMPTS.
I feel fulfilled because I finally succeeded in finishing the law programme after four attempts. I had to withdraw after one year at the University of Ibadan because some of my colleagues wrote a petition that I was a full-time staff of the Nigerian Tribune, so I had no business enrolling for a full-time law programme. I would have finished in 2001. I tried a second time to run the programme in 2010 at Buckingham University in the United Kingdom, but family commitments made me abort the trip a few days to my departure. I did one year with the University of London External Degree programme in 2014 but opted out when it looked like the Council of Legal Education would not shift ground on not allowing correspondence students to attend the Nigerian Law School. I felt there was no point reading law if you would not appear as counsel in court.
Law School is tough. You work round the clock. You must achieve 75 percent class attendance. You must attend group meetings and complete the daily assignments. You must be well prepared for every class as you may be called to anwer questions in class and you will not want to disgrace yourself before more than a thousand classmates amongst who call you daddy. Failing the bar examination was no option. In truth, it crossed my mind a number of occasions that it was quite possible to flunk the final bar examination. I always shrugged it off and wished it away, but felt pressured to work harder. The only reward for hard work is more work, and I am glad it has ended in praise.
To God be the glory.
Professor Adeolu Akande is a Professor of Political Science and Public Administration.He chairs the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)
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