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Free Education: Oyo SUBEB Chair Visits Defiant Schools, Warns of Consequences

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The Oyo State Government has again handed down strong warnings to some recalcitrant public primary school managements forcing students to pay levies, threatening that they might face severe consequence.

 

The state’s Chairman, Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran, accompanied by other top management staff of the board, said this during his visit to schools within Omi-Adio axis, Ido Local Government.

 

Dr. Adeniran gave the warning to public schools in the State not to extort money from any pupil under any guise, stressing that Government will not hesitate to punish any teacher found sabotaging Government’s efforts.

 

He further explained that, the exercise became necessary following findings that Heads of some public primary schools were forcing students to pay levies in Ido Local Government, stressing that Government’s directives must be strictly adhered to.

 

“It is very sad to note that these Head Masters and their teachers are recalcitrant to our policy to ensure that basic education is free” the Chairman said.

 

“We are not witch-hunting anybody, rather what we are doing is to cleanse the system and henceforth, the full consequence of such act will be felt by the individuals concerned. ”

 

Speaking further at Hope Center Primary School, Omi Adio, one of the suspected schools, Dr. Adeniran wondered why teachers would disobey Government’s directives, at the detriment of the future of their pupils.

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“A situation whereby children are locked out by teachers because they did not pay fees that Government has suspended would not be condoned or tolerated by this administration,” the Chairman emphasised.

 

In another development, Dr. Adeniran has decried the slow pace of ongoing FGN-UBEC/SUBEB Projects at Ogbomosho zone.

 

The Chairman said this while inspecting projects at Ogo-Oluwa, Ogbomosho North, Ogbomosho South and Oriire LGAs, promising that the Board will ensure speedy completion of the projects.

 

Reprimanding the contractors, Adeniran said, “I am not happy with the situation of projects in Ogbomosho zone. The Government of Oyo State will ensure these projects are completed, so we expect these contractors to come to our office and give us reasons why these projects have been abandoned.”

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Education: NGO Donates Free Exercise Books To Students In Ekiti

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A Non – Governmental Organisation (NGO) under the aegis of VMA Foundation has distributed exercise books worth over N500,000 to public primary and secondary schools in Oke-Oro Ekiti, Ekiti state. The Foundation owned by Chief  Victor Mobolaji, an international businessman, also offers medical outreach,  educational services,  vocational training,  agricultural and economic empowerment to the aged and less privileged in the society.

Founder of the organisation, Chief  Mobolaji informed that the gesture is to support the less privileged and indigent students whose parents could barely afford school materials.

“It gives us great pleasure to support the students in Oke Oro, we consider educating the younger ones  to be a top priority. The more we can support programmes that enrich their educational experiences, the better”.

He disclosed further that the foundation has also spent millions of Naira on economic empowerment and health care services to support people with health challenges in the country.

Chief Mobolaji, however promised that the foundation will not relent in its efforts to better the lives of the people around, just as he urged others to replicate such gesture.

Remarking, the Owa of Oke Oro Ekiti, Oba Alex Adebukola Aina lauded Mobolaji for his gesture, urging him to continue to be a good ambassador of the community.

“We are proud of you, your gesture will go a long way in assisting the younger ones who are the future of the community and I want to urge you to continue your good deed”, he said.

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OyoSUBEB resumes inspection of Intervention Projects

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The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran earlier this week has continued the inspection of some ongoing 2017 UBEC-OyoSUBEB intervention projects in Ogbomosho and Ibadan zones.

Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran while inspecting, recounted the importance of the projects to improvement of basic education in the State.

The Chairman expressed satisfaction at the standard and speed at which the ongoing projects are being executed, saying most of the projects are ready for use for the pupils when pupils resume school, next term.

He also revealed that the completion of the projects would give easy passage to the commencement the 2018 Intervention projects in earnest, noting that the inspection became very necessary, due to the Executive Governor’s passion for the sector.

The Chairman’s first call was Methodist Primary School, Bodija, where he assured the school authority that Government would soon site a Model school there, in fulfilment of the State Government’s pledge to improve learning in the State.

“As soon as we commence the next intervention Project, a Model school would be sited here. Therefore, let me plead with the traders displaying their wares at the entrance of schools; blocking the entrance of this school, to please vacate the space, as a big project would soon commence here”, he said.

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The Chairman also visited Anwaru-Islam Primary School, Eleyele, 1,2,3, and St. Peters Primary School, Aremo, where he urged the contractors on site to speed up the projects, against resumption of the pupils, next term.

Further among other projects visited by the Chairman is Elewura Community Primary School, Elewura- where the project has been completed, and in use already by the School pupils.

Speaking on security threats meted out by hoodlums in most public-school premises, the Chairman promised that the State Government would henceforth ensure arrest and prosecution of anyone found culpable of disturbing the peace of schools, during and after school hours.

Meanwhile, the Chairman also monitored the ongoing Unified examination in all public pry. Schools in the State.

The Chairman said the essence of the monitoring exercise was to ensure that quality returned to the education system in the State.

He recalled that the present administration, under Governor Seyi Makinde, has strengthened the unified examination, so as to nurture the pupils from the scratch, saying this would go a long way in curbing failure.

He said, “This Government has paid for the unified examination for public primary schools in the state, which the past administration rested its responsibilities on the shoulders of the parents. With this exam, we can know the competence level of each pupil we nurture and know how to help them”.

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“With this kind gesture of the Governor, no pupil would be absent based on lack of funds”, he opined.

 

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34th Convocation Ceremony: Ibadan Poly to Honour Best Graduating Students

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Chairman, Graduation Ceremony Planning Committee, Mrs Abiodun Olubunmi Olubamiwa (Middle) at the press conference held in Ibadan, on Wednesday

Management of The Polytechnic Ibadan has disclosed that it will recognize and honour its best graduating students who have satisfactory distinguished themselves in learning, character, exceptionally excelled across programmes and also those who recorded best performance in other extra curricular activities.

 

Its Deputy Rector, who doubles as  the Chairman, Graduation Ceremony Planning Committee, Mrs Abiodun Olubunmi Olubamiwa disclosed this in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital at a Press Briefing ahead of the 34th Convocation Ceremony billed for 13th December, 2019, held at the premises of the institution on Wednesday.

 

Olubamiwa noted that the decision will serve as a motivation to current and prospective students by encouraging them to always put in their best in their studies, adding that the ceremony will also serve as a social and moral reward for parents and guardians who put in their hard earned resources to  support their children and wards towards making a success in their academic endeavours.

 

Also, the Deputy Rector hinted that the ceremony is to be presided over by the Oyo state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde who is also the visitor to the institution, saying “this will be the first graduation ceremony of the Institution he will be attending since inception of this administration on 29th May, 2019”

 

 

While highlighting the series of activities lined up for the Graduation Ceremony of the institution, she listed Jumah and Church services, graduation lecture, graduation and award giving ceremony among others as the activities to commemorate the ceremony.

Speaking further, she also informed that the graduation lecture  titled: “The Dream, The Challenges and The Reality of Contemporary Nigeria for Fresh Graduates” would be delivered by Prof Ayobami Ojebode, the Head of Department, Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan. Olubamiwa explained that the lecture is organized with the intend of broadening the knowledge of all the graduands and to educate them  on the issues around contemporary Nigeria as it affects fresh graduates

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“This lecture will serve as parting advice for them to be successful in life”, she said.

According to the Deputy Rector, ten undergraduate students of the institution have been given scholarship award for their studies at the institution due to their outstanding performance at the Nigeria Polytechnic Games, (NIPOGA), stressing that those who were rewarded for their outstanding performance at the recent zonal NIPOGA games, held at the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo in Ondo State participated in games like tennis, baseball, scrabbles, chess, hockey and other games.

 

She added that the management and the Rector of the institution; Professor Kazeem Adekunle Adebiyi approved the scholarship to motivate students and staff in the area of sporting activities.

“The gesture was to prove that the institution does not only reward academic excellent alone but also gives full recognition to students that shine in the other field such as sports. The management of the institution gave full support to sporting activities for both students and staff. The institution participated in zonal NIPOGA games which was held at Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo ondo state between 19th and 25th October, 2019 and the students won twenty five (25) gold medals in the various sporting activities such as tennis, baseball, scrabbles, chess, hockey and other games.

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“In recognition of these landmark achievements, the management of the institution under the leadership of Prof. Kazeem Adekunle Adebiyi had graciously approved scholarship for ten (10) student’s athletes that excelled in the above mentioned competition. This act proves that The Polytechnic, Ibadan does not only reward academic excellent but gives full recognition to students that shine in the other field such as sports”, Olubamiwa concluded.

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