THE Onimeko of Imeko, His Royal Majesty, Oba Benjamen Oyeditan Olanite (Akanku IV), has attributed poor academic performances of the students in Imeko/Afon Local Government Area of Ogun state to the marginalization of the area in the distribution of resources for infrastructure and social amenities development by both the state and the federal governments thus far.
Oba Oyeditan, who dropped the hint in a brief chat with a selected journalists in his house in Imeko at the weekend, lamented that “no government, federal or state, had considered Imeko for any educational institution, primary, secondary or tertiary. All the primary and secondary schools in Imeko are private/missionary -turned government schools.”
Reacting to the comment of the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculations (JAMB), Prof. Is’haq Oloyede, on the poor performances of students of the Imeko/Afon Local Government during the first Ogun State Education Summit, the custodian of culture said, “why won’t it be so. All the federal tertiary institutions in Ogun State are in Abeokuta, while the state ones are in Ijebu area. Nothing for us in this part.
“We are just neglected, abandoned. It is believed in many quarters that our indigenes are into car smuggling. But can we blame them. They are liable to subscribe to whatever is available to them”, the Monarch bewailed.
Also describing the passion of the youths of the area for education as encouraging, Oba Oyeditan said due to non availability of tertiary institutions in Imeko, some parents don’t know that there are other levels of learning after secondary school.
“My mother, for instance, asked me to learn a trade, having completed my secondary education, which she believed was the highest educational level one can attain,” Oba Oyeditan said.
The monarch, who saluted the huge investment of the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration in education in the state, urged the governor to consider Imeko in his plans.
His statement reads, “It is a fact that Governor Amosun placed priority on education, thereby making it first out of its five cardinal programmes when assumed office in May 29, 2011, but Imeko is yet to benefit from the good plans of the working governor in education”.
He enjoined the governor to make education conducive and encouraging for students in Imeko by improving on the state of infrastructure in the primary and secondary schools in the area and also, establishing a tertiary institution or a satellite campus of an existing tertiary institution in the area.
In a related development, the Monarch, however called on the federal government to consider establishment of a federal tertiary institution in Imeko. This, he said, will put the youths in the area at comparative advantage with their peers, not only in Nigeria, but in the world, thereby making them contribute immensely to the development of the country.
‘UI may admit more students as hostels increase’- Acting VC hints
University of Ibadan Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adebola Ekanola has hinted that the institution may admit more undergraduate students than it is currently doing with the establishment of more private hostels on campus.
The Vice Chancellor, who spoke at the groundbreaking and foundations laying ceremony of a private Hostel located at Ajibode, called Jad Hostel, being established by Hyperch O. A. Limited, explained that accommodation was a primary consideration in admitting students in UI, ‘as the university believes that every fresh and final year student must be accommodated on campus’.
According to him, “ now that we have private hostels springing up in UI under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement, UI may admit more undergraduate students as private hostels provide additional accommodation for our students’.
Ekanola, who disclosed that provision of accommodation on campus was one of the challenges facing UI, expressed delight that private investors were coming to play key role in this regard, stressing that ‘this is a clear manifestation of an ideal relationship between town and gown’.
While commending the Chairman of Jad hostel, who is also an alumnus of the university, Mr. Yemi Abei for his bold step, the VC noted that if the ex-student had left UI with terrible experiences, he would probably not have bothered to come back to invest in his alma mater, congratulating him on his measure of success.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of Hyperch O. A. Ltd, Mr. Yemi Abei had lauded UI for implementing PPP policy which he said encouraged private investors to put their money in the education sector, pointing out that many universities in the country have yet to follow UI’s model.
“We are here to establish a 200 roomed world-class Hostel that the students will really enjoy. I finished from UI and I want to leverage my past experience to put in place a student-friendly hostel that will give value for money”, he said.
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.
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