Unknown persons, suspected to be hoodlums have attacked and destroyed property belonging to public primary and secondary schools in Oyo State.
Our reporter reliably gathered that the public schools became the target of attacks by hoodlum due to the inability of the schools’ management to pay for the services of security guards, particularly the night guards, who were said to have been relieved of their jobs after Governor Seyi Makinde announced the abolition of all forms of payment in public primary and secondary schools .
Meanwhile, Governor Makinde vowed to restore running grants to schools, but this promise has been abandoned or ignored.
It would be recalled that pupils in public secondary schools paid N1000 per term each under the education policy of Schools’ Governing Boards (SGBs) of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s administration. The N1000, which serves as ‘baseline funds’ were domiciled in the accounts of the schools for their smooth-running.
As if that were not enough, very recently, another newly constructed school – Oluyole OLGC Primary School, Ayegun, Ibadan, was visited by hoodlums and vandals.
Confirming the incident, the Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran on Tuesday declared war on those who sabotaged some of the newly constructed Model Schools in the State, saying the present administration would treat them as saboteurs who maliciously damage government properties.
Adeniran, who decried the incessant attack, promised that when caught, perpetrators of such acts would be punished with extreme severity regardless of their political affinity.
The SUBEB boss, also alleged that these deliberate destructive acts were aided by some teachers and staff members of the school.
According to him, “It is unfortunate that these deliberate destructive acts on one of our Model schools reportedly were aided by some teachers and staff members of the school, but let me assure you that this administration would tackle the menace of thuggery among our teachers in the interest of our children.
“This government frowns at such shameful act and we promise to fish out those who master-minded this. As a government, we will not allow anybody mortgage the future of our children, for their selfish interests,” he added.
While he assured that the state government, through the Board would not take with levity vandalization of any of its properties built for the good use of pupils, Adeniran also called on community leaders to commit themselves into securing such properties built within their communities.
He further promised that government would carry out all necessary inquiries into what led to the destruction of items in the said school, saying the state government is not a toothless dog that would not bite offenders.
The SUBEB chair, however reassured that the present administration would put an end to vandals’ pandemic in the state, just as he stressed that government would put in place stiff security measures to guard schools and ensure rigid penalties for offending teachers and staff members who aid such act.
LAUTECH ownership: Oyo to pay N8 billion to Osun in 3 years as asset sharing agreement
Oyo state government has approved the payment of the sum of N8 billion to Osun State government as an asset sharing agreement, a follow-up to the earlier agreement reached between Oyo and Osun state governments on the ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).
The approval, which was conveyed by the Commissioner for Education, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, would be paid in three installments spread over a period of three years.
According to a statement signed by Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday, the Commissioner for Education, Olaleye disclosed this while briefing journalists shortly after the Executive Council meeting held at the Governor’s Office.
“As a follow-up to the agreement reached with the Osun State government on the issue of sole ownership of LAUTECH, the Executive Council of Oyo State approved today the payment of the sum of N8 billion to Osun State government. It will be paid over a period of three years.
“The breakdown of the payment goes as follows: one (1) billion Naira will be paid in January 2021 and another one (1) billion Naira will be paid in December 2021. Three (3) billion Naira will be paid in 2022 and the last three (3) will be paid in 2023. This was the decision of the council today”, the commissioner explained.
School Resumption Remains January 18th – FG Insists
Despite fears over the surge in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, the federal government has insisted that the January 18th resumption date for schools in the country remains intact.
The Federal Ministry of Education, in a statement issued on Thursday by its Director, Press and Public Relations, Ben Bem Goong submitted, “After extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders, including State Governors, Commissioners of Education, Proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students, the consensus of opinion is that the resumption date of 18th January should remain”.
Meanwhile, the Ministry explained that all schools and parents must ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols such as wearing of face masks, social distancing among others.
The ministry continued, “These measures which are to ensure safe reopening of schools for academic activities will be subject to constant review as we urge teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance”.
It will be recalled that earlier in the week, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 had hinted that it would review the resumption date (January 18th, 2020) for learning institutions in the country, citing the rising COVID-19 infections in Africa’s most populous nation.
Ibadan Poly authorities dialogue with union leaders to resume
Authorities of The Polytechnic, Ibadan (TPI) on Tuesday engaged the leaders of the striking workers of the institution in a marathon peace meeting that lasted about two and a half hours hoping for an early resolution of the strike action.
The meeting presided over by Professor Kunle Akinyemi, the Chairman of the Governing Council at the Board of Studies Chamber was attended by three other members of the Council and members of the Management which included the Rector, Professor Kazeem Adekunle Adebiyi, and the Registrar, Mrs Modupe Theresa Fawale.
Also, the meeting was attended by the representatives of the Senior Staff, the Non- Academic Staff and the Academic Staff.
During the meeting, the unions further reiterated their demands to which the Chairman of the Governing Council pleaded for time and understanding in the management and resolution of the issues at stake.
The Chairman appealed to the workers in the first instance to allow the students to complete the on-going first semester examination and also unlock the gates leading to the Institution for easy accessibility by the Public and other stakeholders having transactions within The Institution.
The Unions showed understanding and cooperation with the intentions of early resolution of the crisis.
It will be recalled that the workers commenced an industrial action on Monday, which has disrupted all activities including the on-going first semester examination over the issue of payment of minimum wage by the Institution.
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