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Exclusive: Dearth of running grants hit public schools in Oyo

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PUBLIC primary and secondary school education may suffer setback in Oyo State following the inability of the state government to inject funds into the school system

The state governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, had, at different fora directed that all forms of payment in public primary and secondary schools ceased with immediate effect, a decision which has left the schools without running funds to maintain curricular and co- curricular activities, investigations by Mega Icon Magazine have shown.

Also, the state government has refused to employ teachers despite an acute shortage of teaching personnel in public primary and secondary schools across the state, while private teachers hired through the contributions of Parents Teachers Association (PTA) were relieved of their jobs.

Our checks further revealed that the public schools became the target of attacks by hoodlum following the forced withdrawal of security guards, especially the night guards after Governor Makinde announced the abolition of payment of the fees.

Reacting to this development, one of the Principals who spoke in confidence lamented, “we are finding it difficult to pay for the services of security guards and others employed to complement our efforts”.

Before now, pupils in public secondary schools paid N1000 per term each under the education policy of Schools’ Governing Boards (SGBs) of the immediate past administration led by Senator Abiola Ajimobi. Investigations unearthed that the N1000 fees were domiciled in the accounts of the schools for their smooth -running.

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Meanwhile, the Oyo state government through its Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Kehinde Sangodoyin at the launching and dedication of projects embarked upon by Old Students of Ibadan City Academy, Ibadan vowed that the government would start paying running cost for the upkeep of public schools from Monday September 30th, 2019.

 

According to Prof. Sangodoyin, ” parts of the State education policy is to improve access and participation of our students in academic activities at all levels, be it primary or secondary and since the governor has removed levies hitherto paid by our students and has just approved the payment of running cost to our primary and secondary schools”.

However, our findings on  Wednesday (9th October, 2019) revealed that the state government has not fulfilled its promise .

 

Another Principal, who also pleaded anonymity lamented the cancelation of the Education Development Levy without providing an alternative, adding that running of schools had become ineffective.

He observed that there was high disregard for continuity in the formulation of educational policies, stressing that lack of funds has contributed to the schools’ inability to effectively implement the curriculum, which has greatly affected the academic activities.

While, highlighting the challenges during a chat with our reporter, he , however sought government’s intervention.

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“We are faced with numerous challenges, which include inadequate teachers, inability to effectively implement the school curriculum on some subjects and lack of teachers and facilities.”

Shockingly, the same concerns were raised in other schools visited by our reporter.

Speaking further, he disclosed that
considerable numbers of pupils in most of the primary and secondary schools in Oyo state still study in poor conditions, making it harder for them to perform well.

“More pupils in class due to insufficient furniture has made the study environment difficult to manage”, Mega Icon Magazine source concluded.

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Magu to Corps Members: ‘Always Think Like A Leader’

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The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has challenged corps members to always think like leaders, saying such mindset would prepare them better for the leadership assignments ahead of them.

 

Magu gave the charge on Tuesday, at the orientation camp centre of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Oyo State Directorate, in Iseyin.

 

The EFCC boss’ message was delivered by Friday Ebelo, zonal head of the Commission’s Ibadan office, during the orientation programme organised for the 2019 Batch ‘C’ (Stream 1) corps members.

 

According to him, the level of education attained by the corps members must reflect in their thinking and conduct as it is expected to help them impact their environment positively.
“Nigeria places high premium on you. You cannot afford to let it down. A true leader will always do things that will lift up the society and refrain from getting involved in act that will pull it down,” he said.

The anti-graft czar also advised them to have a clear vision about their future and explore all legitimate means to ensure that their goals are achieved.

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Grow, don’t ‘blow’, EFCC boss, Magu admonishes Youth

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Friday Ebelo,

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has charged Nigerian youths to patiently follow their dream through to success and always stay away from criminal acts in order not to fall into the raging hand of the law.

 

Magu gave the charge at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife on Friday, while delivering the keynote address at the 2019 Symposium of the National Association of Philosophy Students (NAPS), OAU branch.

 

The EFCC boss, who was represented by the Zonal Head of the Commission’s Ibadan zonal office, Friday Ebelo, admonished the students to take their studies seriously and always look inwards to discover and nurture their talents to maturity. He added that with diligence and persistence success was sure for them.

 

He cautioned them against joining the band wagon of the quest to ‘blow’ – the modern slang that depicts desperation for quick wealth, insisting that such mental state could push them into committing crimes which may in turn cut short their dreams.

 

“At the individual level, every youth must shun all temptation to be corrupt or be corrupted by any means. They must realise that the only way to success is hard work. The fast way only leads to destruction. GROW, don’t BLOW! An attempt to sacrifice steady growth on the alter of a ‘blowing success’ is an invitation to self-destruct,” he noted.

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While lamenting the disturbing trend in the involvement of the Nigerian youths in internet-related crimes, Magu challenged them to re-direct their energy into positive activities that will benefit them and the Nigerian nation.

 

He said the EFCC is doing its best to ensure that the exceptional talents of the Nigerian youths are properly harnessed and put into appropriate use in the nation building efforts.

 

The EFCC team was earlier welcomed to the institution by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede.

 

The professor of medicine lauded the efforts of the anti-graft agency in ridding the Nigerian society of economic and financial crimes.

 

He hunted that the university would at a latter date organise the students in a larger scale to provide an avenue through which the commission would better and more effectively deliver its anti-corruption message to members of the OAU community.

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Tech-U Signs Collaborative Agreement with Girne American University, Cyprus

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In furtherance of its goal to internationalize its programmes and produce highly competent graduates, Nigeria’s premier technical university, First Technical University, Ibadan, has signed a collaborative degree programme agreement with Girne American University in Cyprus.

 

With this collaboration, interested undergraduates now have the choice of spending their first three or four years in Tech-U, depending on the course being studied, and thereafter proceed to Cyprus to complete their degree programmes in GAU.

 

There is also the “top up” agreement through which students can complete their courses at Tech-U and apply to complete their Masters degrees in GAU.

 

Located in Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus, GAU, is Cyprus’ top-ranked University noted for its demonstrable leadership in science, technology and innovation.

 

The programme is approved and coordinated by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

 

Speaking at the signing of the collaboration, Dr. Serhat Akpinar, the Chancellor of the Cyprus-based University expressed his delight at the partnership and pledged his unwavering commitment to the success of the programme, which would also involve partnership in research and faculty members’ exchange.

 

Present at the ceremony which held in Girne, Cyprus, were the representatives of partner institutions and the Director of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, NUC, Mrs. Constance Goddy-Nnadi, who also represented the Commission’s Executive Secretary.

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Mrs. Goddy-Nnadi agreed that the union will promote capacity-building and quality knowledge acquisition by Nigerian lecturers and students.

 

In his remarks, Tech-U’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Ayobami Salami, affirmed that the partnership is in line with Tech-U’s vision of producing students who will not only change the diminishing job equation but also become key players within the national and international spaces.

 

The agreement with GAU is coming a year after Tech-U signed an MOU on exchange programmes with Texas Technical University, USA.

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