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Osun govt cautions Makinde against unguarded comments on LAUTECH, says ‘he needs proper briefing’

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The Osun state government on Friday cautioned Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state against making unguarded comments on Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), advising him  to be more cautious while dishing out information especially on any issue that affects the citadel of learning.

Speaking on behalf of the government, the state Supervisor, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Hon Adelani Baderinwa in a statement signed and made available to journalists in Osogbo, the state capital further advised Governor Makinde to always do his findings properly on any issue that is of  public interest before such an information be released to the public.

Baderinwa was reacting to the a statement credited to Governor Seyi Makinde on his verified Twitter handle where he accused the government of Osun of not paying the salary of workers of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso.

The former Commissioner for Information and Strategy said contrary to Governor Makinde’s claims, Osun state government has been living up to its expectations and performing its responsibility as equal partner in the LAUTECH ownership since its creation.

The statement reads, in part: “Governor Seyi Makinde needs proper briefing and extensive readings on LAUTECH before he could make factual and objective remarks. Presently, he obviously does not have sufficient facts, or may be playing greed man script. And as a matter of fact, we are aware that the governor had during his campaign promised to acquire LAUTECH and makes it the property of Oyo government alone. We are not surprised that he started on a wrong note of blackmail on the university matter.”However, Governor Seyi Makinde needs to be properly informed that Osun government does not owe LAUTECH workers’ salary, since it took over the payment in July this year. What is outstanding is the August subvention which is being arranged alongside other statutory expenses of Osun government. It is unpleasant that Governor Makinde took to his twitter handle in attempt to make cheap political point on Osun. That is unbecoming of a governor.”May we remind the governor that in 2017, the Osun government committed a sum of N1, 250, 000, 000, and in 2018, Osun government paid N500, 000, 000. Between July 2010 and July 2016, Osun paid a total sum of N8, 692, 488, 234.04. Osun has offset the LAUTECH workers July salary with N300, 000, 000 in this year. We challenged Governor Seyi Makinde to tell the public what Oyo has contributed to LAUTECH between 2010 and 2019. The governor should be mindful of what he will say on LAUTECH.”When owner states were asked to pay N500m each for take off after the visitation panel, Osun duly paid its own, but we are yet to have evidence of payment by our boasting counterpart.”Governor Seyi Makinde should be worried on why LAUTECH has not been self sufficient in terms of funding and academic advancement since its creation, while Osun State University which was created few years ago is making ways financially and academically.”We expect Governor Makinde to rise above the petty game of blackmail and attempt to incite the LAUTECH Workers and the Oyo people at large against the government of Osun and the administration of Governor Gboyega Oyetola who is very responsive and committed to workers plight.”It is a known fact that Oyo had always wanted to own LAUTECH alone but it is our common patrimony and nobody can appropriate it through blackmail or whatever. Osun is not in any way forcing itself on the joint ownership of LAUTECH. The supposed ‘plan to split’ signed by former governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola and former governor Alao Akala was a ruse. There is a legal and sincere process to be followed if Oyo state is indeed interested in taking over LAUTECH. Osun government will be happy if Governor Makinde initiates that process.

“Osun has always been cheated on LAUTECH: only one (1) out of the eight (8) academic faculties is in Osun, while Oyo has about twice of the staff strength of the University. Osun single-handedly funded the infrastructure development in the LAUTECH campus in Osun; also 85 per cent of the total institution’s infrastructure is in Oyo, whereas funding is equally carried out. Despite this, we are fully committed to joint ownership of our joint heritage.”Governor Oyetola who is passionate about functional education, a team player and a goal getter will not cease in funding LAUTECH.”The amiable Governor Seyi Makinde is urged to take a deeper and more rational outlook at the matters of existence and operation of LAUTECH, otherwise he will get lost in the shenanigans of LAUTECH OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL. Oyo has been a great cheat on Osun in this matter and only a dispassionate and discerning mind can deductively make good sense out of the situation. GSM is thus advised to take rational path before making statements on LAUTECH matter”, the statement continued.

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Makinde to Shut Illegal Schools in Oyo

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The Seyi Makinde led Oyo State Government has promised to clamp down on illegal private primary schools operating within the state, saying that a taskforce would be set up in earnest to address the menace.

The development was made known to newsmen on Monday by the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Nureni  Adeniran, during an inspection of schools in the State capital.

Adeniran revealed that the State Government without further delay, would set up a task force, to be spearheaded by Oyo State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, in collaboration with Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board.

He said the Task-force would close down all mushroom private schools endangering quality in the education sector in the State.

Dr. Adeniran however charged parents and Guardians to enrol their children and wards in Public schools, noting that the free education policy by Governor Seyi Makinde was already yielding positive results in schools in the 2019 academic session.

“Looking at the influx of new intakes in public schools today, being the first day of resumption, it is apparent that Governor Seyi Makinde’s free-education policy is yielding good fruits in the State.

“It is highly important that those private primary and secondary schools be put under searchlight to know those operating without government approval and monitoring.

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” We will henceforth close such schools found within the State,” he said.

The Chairman expressed Government’s readiness to place public schools as favourable competitors with Private schools, saying Government was working assiduously on provision of basic amenities needed by both teachers and students across the State.

He stressed that Governor-Seyi-Makinde- led administration demands maximum cooperation from all stakeholders in the sector, while the Government would commit every necessary resource in achieving quality education in the State.

He further pledged Government’s commitment to returning schools’ grants and renovation of bad school infrastructures in schools.

The SUBEB Chairman and his team visited include, People’s Primary School, Adeoyo, St. Williams School, Oke-Ado, AUD School, Foko, Islamic Primary School, Bode; St. David Primary School, Kudeti.

Others schools visited include I.M.G Primary Schools, Orita-Aperin and Ode-Aje, Ikolaba Community Primary School;,Methodist Primary School, Bodija, and Methodist Primary School, Mokola.

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Oyo govt charges teachers to begin academic works immediately, as schools resume tomorrow

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As schools reopen on Monday 16th September 2019 for a new academic session in Oyo State, the State government has charged all teachers to start academic works immediately.

 

 

The directive came from the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Kehinde Sangodoyin in a statement issued  over the weekend.

 

 

Sangodoyin asked that teachers, support staff and students were expected to be in schools before eight for academic work to commence immediately.

 

 

The Commissioner disclosed further that quality education that would yield best academic performance was the target of the Seyi Makinde administration, urging teachers to work hard by preparing the students for excellent performance.

 

 

“We are using this medium to congratulate our students in public and private schools for their resumption on Monday, 16th September 2019 and call on the teachers to engage the students in academic exercises immediately.

 

 

“The current administration is doing all possible best to change the tide for better in achieving the best for the State in the area of students’ academic performance and improvement in national rating of the State in external examinations.

 

 

“To this end, facilities and teacher’s remunerations would be at the forefront of government reckoning to achieve the lofty goal, while teachers are expected to do their bit to justify government’s strict adherence to providing the best enabling environment for their performance.”

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The foremost academic administrator also warned teachers to desist from collecting any money from any parents or students in the guise of collection of  levies.

 

 

 

Prof. Shangodoyin appealed to parents to be alive to their responsibilities to make the children become valuable assets to both the parents and society in future.

 

 

He reiterated that the present administration was working assiduously to bring back the glory of education in the state, with a call to schools’ alumni and corporate bodies to support the current trend in the State to make education accessible to all.

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Cut- off marks: UI warns candidates to ignore fake news peddlers 

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Management of the University of Ibadan (UI) has advised candidates seeking admission into the institution to ignore fake news peddlers who are currently circulating fake cut-off marks on the internet, promising that the authentic cut-off marks of all the departments will be out in due course.

Speaking through the Deputy Registrar, Mrs. Morenike Afolabi who is also the Undergraduate Admissions Officer, the University lamented the activities of the fake news peddlers, pointing out that their mission was to mislead the candidates and create confusion.

Mrs. Afolabi promised that the authentic cut-off marks would be out in due course as the Admissions Office was working on it.

There have been various versions of cut-off marks circulating on the internet since the release of the results of the Post-UTME Screening.

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