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.
Governor Wike proscribes IPOB’s activities in Rivers
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has signed an Executive Order proscribing the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the state.
Governor Wike, who made this known on Wednesday during a state-wide broadcast in Port Harcourt, also emphasized that the state is home to all tribes.
According to him, “We have everything against the presence and activities of the legally proscribed and anarchic Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and whatever that group stands for in Rivers State.
“This is clearly a terrorist group whose existence, creed, mission, and activities are strongly denounced even by the Government and peoples of the South-Eastern States of the country.
“I have therefore signed the executive order to reinforce the total ban on IPOB and its activities in Rivers State or any part thereof and nothing will stop us from enforcing this ban in its entirety”, Governor Wike assured
FIFA President, Infantino tests positive for COVID-19
FIFA Chief, Gianni Infantino has contracted coronavirus popularly known as COVID-19, the world’s football governing body announced on Tuesday.
According to the information scooped from AFP, the 50-year-old has mild symptoms and will remain in isolation for a further 10 days.
“All people who came into contact with the FIFA President during the last few days have been informed accordingly and they are being requested to take the necessary steps,” the body said.
“FIFA sincerely wishes President Infantino a speedy recovery,” it added.
Infantino’s last public appearances was at FIFA’s Compliance Summit which ended on October 16 when all attendees were present via video.
Cases, hospitalisations and deaths from Covid-19 in the body’s base, Switzerland, have doubled from one week to the next throughout October.
The country’s government is expected to decide Wednesday on new measures to control the spread of the virus.
The spread of the illness has cast doubt over Wednesday’s potential meeting between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the Champions League after the Juventus attacker tested positive for the illness earlier this month.
Go for test, COVID-19 not defeated yet, Oyo govt. urges residents
The Seyi Makinde led – Oyo state government,on Tuesday urged residents of the state with signs and defined symptoms of the COVID-19 to submit themselves for testing, adding that the state is yet to defeat the virus.
The state government also urged them to adhere strictly to the preventive protocols as enumerated by the experts.
Dr Bashir Bello, the Commissioner for Health, who spoke at a sensitization program organized for journalists in the state on COVID-19, held at Kakanfo Inn in Ibadan disclosed that the state had some high rise in the positivity rates recently which the government is steering up to.
Dr. Bello averred that the flouting of COVID-19 protocols during the #EndSARS protests which rocked the country over the last few weeks is no doubt going to increase the rate of transmission of the virus, but assured that the state is prepared to tackle any upsurge; stressing that the permanent structures have been put in place to fight the virus on a long term note.
The Commissioner, who admitted that testing has reduced in the state, further explained that factors like stigmatization and fear are responsible for the reduction in the rate COVID-19 tests are conducted in the state.
“We are meant to give people initiative. As you have seen that the problem of stigmatization is one of the problems that we are having. You could now see that the few positively tested ones are refusing to give us their contacts. First of all, they don’t want the public to know that they have tested positive. Two, since they know it has affected you, you are now pointing to other people.
“So what actually happen is that we have left those centres, about 27 centres out of the 33 LCDAs so that people can willfully go without the problem of being stigmatized. It’s a place you can walk to without people knowing you. It’s like the HIV in those days that we were begging people to do test. HIV has now become a common thing even every pregnant woman is ready to get tested.
“So this COVID-19 issue has not been… although we still know we have it. For example, we are having high rises in the positivity rate which the government is steering up to and thanks to God we are not unprepared. We have had a very good output. A reliable arrest of the case but it is just like the motto of the ‘Boys Scout’ which is: we are prepared.
“We are only telling the public that COVID-19 is still very much around and we implore each and everyone of us to at their own free will go and get tested. Nobody will report that because we only send you the result through a coded number and a coded message to your personal phone number which you will have given in the form which is a fairly confidential way”, he added.
He also revealed that Oyo State is the only state where residents can undergo COVID-19 test free of charge,noting that other states now charge various amounts of money.
The Commissioner, however stated that the only set of people who pay to undergo COVID-19 test in the state are those who are planning to travel out of the country and they need a proof to certify that they are COVID-19 free.
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