THE newly launched education policy by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State dubbed “School Governing Board (SGB) has been greeted with commendations from stakeholders in the sector, describing it as a step in the right direction towards revitalising education system.
The Board, aimed at restoring, transforming and repositioning the education sector was recently inaugurated in all the 628 Public Secondary Schools in Oyo state.
Speaking at the monthly stakeholders meeting held on Friday at the Conference room, Ministry of Education, Agodi Government Secretariat, Ibadan, the state Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Niyi Akano noted that the policy has not only provided conducive and child friendly environment, but will also enhance teaching and learning activities in the schools.
“We thank the government for introducing the SGB. We have been seeing the impacts. We pray that this should be extended to primary schools”.
Corroborating him, the Secretary, All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), Pastor Olujide Babajide paid a glowing tribute to the governor for the initiative taken to introduce SGB.
Pastor Olujide stressed, ” prior to the introduction of SGB, management and administration of public secondary school in the state was very difficult, provision of facilities were not forthcoming.
“But since the introduction of the SGB, the schools have been experiencing a great relief in terms of provision of finance. So far so good, since the program started, a lot of renovations have taken place.
The ANCOPSS’s Secretary averred that the government’s policy encourages partnership with the public and community, adding that it has encouraged active participation of the old students, philanthropists in uplifting the educational standard and rebuilding schools.
Also, he lauded the “No Automatic Promotion’ policy recently enforced by the state government, saying it has strengthened the capacity of the students. Students have adjusted, they are now more focused, sitting and attending classes regularly”.
Earlier in his address, the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela explained that the present administration has not relented in carrying out series of renovation in schools, adding that the government will commence renovation of 100 secondary schools across the 33 local government areas in the state based on needs and strategic locations.
The positive results of SGB policy, according to Olowofela has demonstrated the commitment and cooperation of old students, parents, philanthropists that no government can shoulder the responsibilities of education alone.
” It is this conviction that gave birth to the establishment of the School Governing Board (SGB)”, the commissioner noted.
He, however assured that the collaborative efforts between the government and stakeholders in the education sector will restore its lost glory.
Nigerian trado-medicine practitioner claimed to have found complete cure for COVID-19
Amid COVID-19 scare, a good news has just came forth, as a Nigerian trado-medicine practitioner, Alhaji Sulaiman Lawal, disclosed that the solution to the pandemic was at hand, adding that his NAFDAC-approved herbal products have cured no fewer than 500 COVID-19 patients both in Nigeria and other parts of the world.
According to Lawal, his medicine, “One Stone COVID Herbal Capsule” has the efficacy to cure COVID-19 and other related diseases.
The Ogbomoso-born trado-medicine practitioner emphasized that with “One Stone COVID Herbal Capsule”, he has treated over 500 patients across the world.
Aside COVID-19 drugs, he has also manufactured drugs that could cure asthma, diabetes,tuberculosis, cancer, liver and kidney problems, hypertention, hypotension, among others.
Lawal, who claimed he inherited the knowledge from his father at a tender age, said he was among the herbal traditional practitioners that were contacted by the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Resarch and Development (NIPRID) in Abuja and other government agencies for solutions to some dreaful ailments.
Apart from curing the deadly virus, parts of the capacities of the drug, “One Stone COVID Herbal Capsule”, according to Lawal, include: antioxidant function, immune booster, efficacy to cure and prevent the airborne viruses.
He attributed the spread of the pandemic to the government’s inability to properly engage and trust the trado-medicine’s efficacy.
“The government has failed to acknowledge the efficacy of trado-medicine in providing adeqaute solutions to the virus and other deadly diaeases. I don’t really blame the government. It is due to the influx of fake herbal medicine practitioners who are hyping their junks.
“They hype their products in order to feather their own nests. For instance, my products are approved by the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control.”
While lauding the government for their efforts so far, Lawal, who is the Egbeji of Ogbomoso land, however, informed that he is open to negotiation at the beck and call of the government, organisations, private entrepreneurs, and individuals to weed off COVID-19.
2023: ‘It is time for Southwest to produce President’, Pan- Yoruba group agitates
Yoruba Patriots Movement (YPM), a Pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, on Thursday agitated that the time is ripe for a Nigerian president of Yoruba extraction to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
YPM also enjoined Northerners to respect the pre 2015 general election zoning arrangement for presidency, emphasizing that power should return to the south in 2023.
The Yoruba leaders, who gathered at the University of Ibadan Conference Centre said it would go a long way for the All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders to protect their integrity by heeding the gentlemanly agreement to cede the presidency to the south particularly in favour of the party’s National leader, Asiwaju Bola Hammed Tinubu, for his struggle and sacrifices in enthroned this present administration.
They explained that the Yoruba had supported other regions to achieve their Presidential dreams over the years, saying; “2023 should also be the turn of Southwest region of Nigeria to be at the helm of affairs of this country.”
Addressing newsmen during the ‘2021 Pan Yoruba Summit’ , titled Yoruba Nation: Yesterday, Today, and tomorrow, its National Coordinator, Barrister Oladosu Oladipupo submitted that Mr. Bola Tinubu has touched many lifes not only in Southwest but Nigeria as a whole, and 2023 is the time for him to become the President.
Oladosu noted that there will always be an opposition in whatever someone does in life, adding that opposition makes someone determined and focus.
He disclosed further that the group is currently making wide consultations around the country, saying that Tinubu has been accepted in all the zones of Nigeria because he is a good product and the right man to lead Nigerians come 2023.
The summit, was well attended by eminent Yoruba personalities who come together and discuss the way forward ahead of 2023 Presidential election.
“Tinubu has led Yoruba nation twice to support President Buhari presidential ambition. Tinubu’s cabinet was Pan Nigerian not only Pan Yoruba when he was the governor of Lagos State. He remained the only Yoruba man who worked tirelessly for the emergence of Buhari, so, we should all support him to contest 2023 presidency.
“We must work hard to assist him to become the President of Nigeria. He has the mental capability and what is required to rule this country. We have been moving across the nation to tell Nigerians that this is the time for Southwest to become Nigerian President.
“We shall ensure we work round ethnic nationality so that southwest can become Nigerian president come 2023. Yoruba was a flourishing nation under Obafemi Awolowo and the impact of Chief Awolowo put many Yorubas in a better position today which makes Yorubas to be in the main stream of politics in Nigeria.”
Also speaking at the event was a former federal lawmaker and Commissioner for information in Oyo state, Hon. Bosun Oladele, who described the summit as a right step in the right direction, urged Yoruba leaders to looked inward, adding that this is the time for active participation to key into the Yoruba agenda.
According to him, “The time is now, this is the time to reconcile every essential voice in Southwest, so that we can consolidate on the current developmental stride going on in Nigeria and to move the country into a greater height.”
Oyo commissioner, Olatunbosun urges citizens to disregard panic messages over ultimatum to herdsmen
Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun has disclosed that citizens of the State should disregard a voice note message urging people in Ibadan to stay indoors on Friday 22nd of January due to a purported ultimatum issued by some individuals to a Fulani Community in Igangan, Ibarapa area of Oyo State.
Recall that the State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has warned individuals to respect the constitutional rights of any Nigerian to live anywhere in the country in a peaceful manner and condemned the said ultimatum in a state broadcast to the people of the state
A voice note, being circulated on Wednesday by one woman from London simply known as ‘Remi’ has urged residents of Ibadan to stay indoors on Friday so as to avoid any crisis that might arise from the outcome of the ultimatum issued to the Fulani Herdsmen Community in Igangan.
Olatubosun said the message was targeted at causing panic among the people and to tarnish the efforts of the present administration in tackling insecurity in the State.
He said Oyo State indigenes at home and in the diaspora ought to give support to the government and not to cause disaffection and unnecessary panic over an issue that has been adequately addressed by the government and concerned security agencies.
He added that the people of the State, especially in Ibadan should go about their businesses without fear of molestation or attack from any quarter.
“It is funny to hear that somebody was sending voice note from London, warning Ibadan people not to venture out on Friday because of an ultimatum issued to a Fulani Herdsmen Community in Igangan, in Ibarapa area.
“This is an issue that has been addressed by the government that nobody has the power to give such ultimatum, the constitution of Nigeria does not allow for it, especially when the said Community is not constituting security threat to lives and properties of the people.
“The government of Oyo State and security apparatus are working around the clock to give the people of the State the required peaceful atmosphere that will engender economic growth, we therefore urge our people, especially in Ibadan to ignore the voice note message and go about their normal businesses without fear of molestation or attack from any quarter.”
The commissioner called on the residents of the State to be wary of scaremongers who he said could create psychological crisis where such was not in existence.
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