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N500m grant: LAUTECH students appreciate Makinde

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Students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso have appreciated the commitment of the Oyo State Government towards resolving the crisis rocking the University.

They particularly commended the Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, for taking time off his busy schedule to visit the University on Tuesday, and his promise to release a grant of N500 million to the authorities of the University and the trade unions amid fresh threats to shut down the institution over unpaid salary arrears.

The students, in a statement signed by their spokesman, Abiodun Oluwaseun aka Laurel, maintained that following Governor Seyi Makinde’s visit to the University last Tuesday and his promise to release the N500 million grant, the University “is set to resume, with staff members smiling again ahead of the festive period.”

This is just as the students hailed the Governor for fulfilling his electioneering promise to increase the budgetary allocation until it matches the UNESCO suggestion for education budget, noting that the 22.37 per cent allocation to education in the 2020 Budget proposal laid before the House of Assembly was not only historical but also a solid foundation for the transformation of the education sector.

Governor Makinde had, during the visit, where he met with stakeholders of the institution, offered that Oyo State Government would release the sum of N500 million to the institution on the condition that the University management and the unions would come up with a modality for disbursement in a manner that will satisfy all parties.

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The statement read: “One ought to give thanks when favoured with kindness; and this is in no other reason than the kindness of our amiable Governor, the people’s man, our Godsent, His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde, for sparing time out of his busy schedules to attend to the cries of students and staffs of our institution, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.

“It was not just a visit, it was a remarkable one and a date with destiny, a record-making one, as it is the first of its kind that a sitting Governor would physically appear in the institution after his election and was received by all and sundry.

“As if it were not enough to just visit, the Governor pledged the sum of N500 million to tidy all that is necessary for the school to resume pending the time Oyo State finds a lasting solution to the crisis rocking the institution.

“We view this as goodwill, and it is worthy of applause and commendation, as we ought to celebrate every act of humanity to set as example for all.

“We were also pleasantly surprised the day after Governor Makinde’s visit to LAUTECH, as the Oyo State Government also increased its budgetary allocation for Education in 2020 to 22.3 per cent. This shows the interest of the people’s Governor in education and the vision he has for all the students in the state. We really appreciate this.

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“The gratitude to one’s benefactor ought to know no end; and so we are promising to always make the Governor proud with our support and progressive cooperation, and also by living by standards worthy of support and law-abiding, because in the words of JF Kennedy, the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

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Oyo govt.  issues stop work order on two public schools

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Executive Chairman, OyoSUBEB addressing community leaders at Ayepe Community Primary School, Egbeda LGA

Oyo State Government has ordered an immediate stop of work by some unknown contractors found on the premises of Community Primary School, Ayepe, Egbeda Local Government Area and Methodist Primary School, Gangansi, Ona-Ara Local Government Area.

The order was made today, following an inspection by the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran to schools in Egbeda and Ona-Ara Local Government Universal Basic Education Authorities.

Dr. Adeniran asserted that the state Government was not averse to any philanthropist contributing his quota to the development of education in the state.

He however, warned that the Governor Seyi Makinde led government would not condone any act of illegality and lawlessness or shunning laid down procedures in the State, no matter how highly placed,.

He frowned at the destruction of Government’s properties located in each school, situated within Egbeda and Ona-Ara LGUBEAs, without the knowledge of Oyo State Government.

The Chairman, who was accompanied by a team of management staff from the board therefore enjoined the contractors to pursue the right channel by making their intentions known to Government.

“We are not happy with what we observed here today. There is a government in Oyo State and it is expected that anyone who would pull down Government’s properties or build on Government’s land, should first inform Government”.

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Thereafter, the Chairman revealed that the affected projects, could be rehabilitated, noting that, the essence of the projects are to serve the public.

“Therefore, we have ordered the contractors handling the two projects to stop work immediately. The order is to enable them to follow the right procedure, then after that, they may continue”, he said.

Adeniran continued, “Oyo state Government is not averse to anybody supporting government but due process must be followed. Oyo state is not a lawless society”.

He therefore appealed to politicians and philanthropists not to politicize Education service delivery in Oyo state.

“I appeal to all and sundry not play politics with the education of our children. Let us take every right and genuine step in the development of our children’s lives and education”, he said.

 

 

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Oyo govt to promote, honour teachers according to students’ performance

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Oyo State government has declared that public school teachers would henceforth be promoted and honoured according to their diligence and efficiency , as reflected in the overall performance of their students in external examinations.

 

 

The declaration was on Wednesday made by the Chairman, Oyo State Post-primary Schools Teaching Service Commission {TESCOM} at an Interactive session he had with School Managers, Saki zone, Oke Ogun, that was held at main hall of Ansaru Deen High School, Saki, as he hinted that a committee has been set up by the Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde to have data and measurement of individual teacher across the State after which he would personally award the most efficient among them.

 

 

He said promotion of teachers would no more be ‘business as usual’ as the State administration has concluded plans to award excellency, based on measures of efficient and productive input by teachers to make their students excel in external examinations, adding that workers’ remuneration that have always been a major cause of worry before the Seyi Makinde administration came to office has been overcome.

 

 

”You can see that our government is a listening one, we are here today to have some feedback, tell us which area we need to improve as government and I can assure you that era of unpaid salary has gone forever as this administration will continue to make prompt payment of salary its priority.
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“In the last promotion that we did where over eight hundred (800) teachers got promoted, there were no report on the beneficiaries, everybody was just moved together at the same time, though we believe our teachers are noble, good and hard-working but we may have some bad eggs, who are lazy and might have might have scaled through without been qualified and the hard-working ones will be feeling cheated.
“This is why we are contemplating that at the end of every year, there must be reports on our teachers’ conducts and activities, teachers that are sanctified to be good and efficient need not wait for general promotion, they will be promoted and honoured as at when due.”

According to the Chairman, the interactive session which had started with Saki Zone is to be held across the Six Zones in the State and was meant to maintain a good rapport between the Commission and its teachers.

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Earlier in her welcome address, Saki zonal head,  Deaconess Aderonke Oladoyinbo appreciated the giant stride taken by the present government under the leadership of Engr. Seyi Makinde towards improvement of the educational sector.

 

“This government is playing a great role to ameliorate the plights of teachers and even students by regular payment of monthly salaries, 13 month even paid, issuance of car loan to teachers, mass promotion of teachers that have stagnated on GL 15, provision of almost 23% of State Budget on Education, free distribution of note and textbooks, intervention classes and many more.”

 

Oladoyinbo then called on teachers to reciprocate the good gesture of the present administration and cooperate with the government by being efficient at their duty posts.

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Ibadan Poly Rector Charges SUG Executives To Eschew Political Vendetta , Internal Wrangling

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The Rector of The Polytechnic,Ibadan, Professor Kazeem Adekunle ADEBIYI on Friday charged the newly elected Students’ Union Executives in the institution to eschew political vendetta , internal wrangling and destructive youthful exuberance, which can tarnish the image of the institution.

Professor Adebiyi gave the charge while speaking during the swearing in ceremony of the Students’ Union Executives and Students’ Representative Council held at the North Campus Assembly Hall.

“It is imperative to note that Students’Union is not a vehicle for intimidating members of the public and fellow students.

“Under no circumstances must student leaders take laws Into their hands in the guise of “ALUTA”

“Note that every member of the Student’s Union Executive and the Senate had signed a matriculation oath which must be abided with.

“You are therefore subject to the authority of the Management and Board of Studies,”Professor Adebiyi further charged, urging them to also ensure that their academic programme does not suffer at the expense of engaging in Union activities.

He assured the Students Union Executives that the management would always welcome constructive contributions to growth and development of the institution as partners in progress,but will not condone any act of lawlessness,gangsterism or dictation on the part of the students’ leaders.

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Professor Adebiyi also used the occasion to thank the State Government under Governor (Engr) Seyi Makinde for his tremendous assistance to the institution and promised the loyalty of members of staff as well as their devotion to duty.

Earlier,the newly elected president of the Students’ Union, Mr Blessing Fiyinfoluwa FADARE had promised to mobilize the students to support the management efforts towards uplifting the institution.

He equally promised a peaceful administration based on constructive approach to issues.

 

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