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 launches book on employment, entrepreneurship
As part of its mission to contribute to the transformation of society through creativity and innovation, University of Ibadan (UI), has concluded arrangements to launch a book packaged to tackle joblessness and unemployment.
The Media Assistant to the the University’s Vice Chancellor, Mr Sunday Saanu, who disclosed this on his verified Facebook account on Tuesday informed that the book Entitled ‘From School To Work’, written by one of the UI’s alumni, Prince Abiodun Lufadeju in partnership with the University is deliberately designed to assist both graduate and undergraduate students to overcome the challenges of unemployment.
According to the author, “the book is a paradigm shift instrument to begin the psychological reprocessing and mindset re-engineering of our graduates. It is to inject the urgently needed employment orientation into our educational system. In the process, it will engage our undergraduates in some cognitive realignment, grooming them on how to convert their natural potential to employment and commercial enterprise ”
Also, three UI’s lecturers had reviewed the book as the University of Ibadan is considering making the book one of its General Studies materials with foreword written by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka.
“The public presentation of the book has been slated for Wednesday 27 November, 2019 at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan by 10 am”, Saanu said.
Innovation: Ibadan Poly Introduces e-Voting System for SUG Elections
Management of The Polytechnic Ibadan has keyed into the fourth industrial revolution driven by digital technology by introducing an Electronic Voting System for the conduct of the just concluded Students Union (SUG) Government elections held on Wednesday, 13th November, 2019 at its Sango campus.
The elections, which was first of its kind in the institution commenced around 11am and ended at 6pm. An HND 1 student of public administration, Fadare Blessing emerged as the President with 1226 votes, while his closest rival, Salako Oluwatosin, polled 1149 votes in an election which many adjudged as peaceful, transparent, free and fair. Also, Adekola Yussuf emerged as the General Secretary with 903 votes to defeat Fasesan Toheeb who scored 755 votes.
At the collation centre, housing the agents, electoral committee amid tight security, also displayed real time results through projected media .
Speaking on the new innovation, the Deputy Registrar, Student Affairs, Mrs Ayoade Abosede Olu informed that the new initiative was to avert post-election acrimony and also to curb electoral violence which has been a tradition in the institution during electioneering period.
According to her, “we started very well and its going on very well. It is the best option that we have now and kudos to the school management for coming out with this idea. The election has been on since morning and you can see people sitting down no tension, we are okay.
“Before now, the election is always mar with violence and crisis but now we all have our peace. The voting is going on peacefully. Students don’t need to be on campus before voting once they can access the portal.
“Both the students and management prefer this system of voting because, there is less stress and it cost-less. Although, there are few challenges but I am sure that there will be improvement in subsequent elections”, Ayoade assured.
The implementation of the e-voting system, just like every other noble idea, is not without its challenges, she, however disclosed some of the challenges the exercise faced at the commencement of the election.
“The complaint we had was that some people are voting outside by hacking into the system but that has been resolved everything is normal now. It took us a long time before we can calm the candidates down and convince them about this option. We are supposed to have this election since August but we shifted it now to perfect the system because we don’t want any crisis or post-election violence”.
Also corroborating her, the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Soladoye Adewole explained that the management set up electoral committee which included Faculty officers, Student representative council (SRC), Student Press Council and others to decide on what modalities to adopt for the election and the e-voting was the best option.
He stressed that the introduction of the e-voting system became imperative so as to eliminate doubt and fear of election rigging as the system is tension-free, adding that the new initiative has helped to reduce the cost of campaign during election.
Soladoye said, “ We settled for the e-voting, streamlined the pre-election process , midwived and put the process in place and the students were carried along. There was no tension, ballot snatching, killing, because they voted in their comfort zones. It is tension free.
The Polytechnic Ibadan image maker , however noted that there were few challenges, but reassured that more efforts would be channeled towards improving and sustaining the new system.
Some of the agents at the collation center who spoke with our reporter lauded the ingenuity of the management. They further called for the need for improvement on the system.
According to Akpeji Clement, one of the agents, “this is the first time the Polytechnic Ibadan is organizing such an innovative set up of voting online. It is a very good one. Before now there were a lot of anxieties. Students were wondering how it will go about especially how they would log on to the website. But with what we have seen, everything is going on fine, we hope that other institutions and the government would emulate this innovation to reduce electoral violence.
“With this system of voting, we have no option than to be satisfied with the outcome of the election. Although a lot of students were unable to vote based on the fact that we have to log in with our second semester school fee receipts. The fact that I have not paid my school fee receipt doesn’t mean that I am not a bonafide student of the Polytechnic of Ibadan”,
Another agent, Oyekunle Yusuf, who called for the need for voters education summited, “we are aware but I think they need to give us demo to know how to go about it. Not every students are familiar with this new system. But it is a very democratic way of electing our leaders”
Mega Icon Magazine reliably gathered that some students made effort to break into the system, but the management was in complete control of the situation.
No doubt, the alternative electronic voting has demonstrated great advantages especially in introducing efficiency at the vote tallying stage of the election. It is indeed, a secured approach to guarantee the sanctity of the process, but can be improved upon.
Magu to Corps Members: ‘Always Think Like A Leader’
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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