OYO State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela on Tuesday called on the youths in the country to come up with innovative and creative ideals towards promoting entrepreneurial and national development, just as he urged them to eschew illegal activities that can inhibit desirable development.
The Commissioner who gave this charge during a workshop organized by Faculty of Engineering, the Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa titled ‘Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for national development’, noted that all the technological innovations especially the ones from Asian countries are discovered through reverse engineering.
He added that Nigerian youths can achieve similar feat through accessing libraries or internet to get directory on these technological innovations instead of diverting the energy on illicit businesses online.
According to him, “Youths that engage in illicit use of internet (Yahoo Yahoo) don’t need it. There are profitable businesses they can use internet for. Take for an example, Alibaba of China came up with innovation of standing as intermediary between sellers and buyers online and he is making fortune today.
“We must start engaging ourselves in innovative thinking to promote entrepreneurship and engender economic development.
“What we are saying is that knowledge has been existing while innovative ideas abound on internet but the question is; how do we put this knowledge into use? For example, policeman standing on highway passing vehicles is waste of time when there are traffic indicators available and manufactured by our polytechnics. The police rather need to be in their respective offices to engage themselves in better works and if as a country, we can’t improve beyond this level, it is very disheartening”, Olowofela submitted.
Also speaking at the event, the Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr. Iyiola Eyitayo said innovation is the introduction of something new or new ideas or methods, while entrepreneurship is the art of translating creativity and innovation into money making ventures.
Eyitayo informed that the discussions at the conference would generate a far reaching and globally acceptable submission which would definitely lead to national development.
WAEC Fees : Oyo APC Berates Makinde Over Alleged Fake Promise
The All Progressives Congress in Oyo State has taken a swipe against Governor Seyi Makinde who the party accused of taking the people of the state for a ride allegedly on account of many fake promises, poor handling of governmental affairs and lack of direction of the Peoples Democratic Party’s administration.
The latest outburst from the opposition Oyo APC came in apparent reaction to the announcement made by the Makinde administration that its Free Education policy did not cover the payment of West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) registration fees for the final year students in public Senior Secondary Schools across the state.
In a statement issued on Wednesday and made available to journalists in Ibadan by its Assistant Publicity Secretary, Prince Ayobami Adejumo, Oyo APC described the development as a sour grape deliberately put in the mouth of the people who had believed the PDP administration’s many lies particularly on its fake Free Education policy.
“Just like many other people, we found it very difficult to believe what started like a rumour but our doubt was finally erased on Tuesday when Makinde’s Commissioner for Education told the whole world that there was no provision for the payment of WAEC or NECO fees in their orchestrated free education programme even after the governor and his lackeys had repeatedly assured of running a completely free, qualitative and quantitative policy on education at both primary and secondary levels.
“This sudden U-turn came at a time many unsuspecting parents had fallen for the media noise surrounding the handling of education industry in the state and thereby opened their eyes to gross insincerity and grandstanding on the part of the present administration. The disclosure came with a rude shock because it was never expected and more so, Gov. Makinde would not do anything new if he had gone ahead to offset the examination bill and thus ease the task for the poor parents.
“It is recalled that the immediate past APC government of Senator Abiola Ajimobi paid the same WAEC/NECO registration fees for final year students in public schools for four years until when economic melt down set in. The same Ajimobi employed 5,000 new teaching and non-teaching staff and deployed them in schools across the state in addition to provision of state-of-the-art facilities such as modern classrooms, laboratories and teaching aids. Another highpoint of APC government intervention in the school system was the introduction of the School Governing Boards (SGBs) which made a huge difference.
“The questions on the lips of informed minds now bother on what actually form the components of free education policy by a government in the absence of sufficient facilities (including pieces of furniture, laboratories and equipment), employment of more teachers, payment for WAEC/NECO registration fees among others? Why cancel the N1, 000 per term SGB fee only to add extra charges to WAEC’s actual registration fees? Why did Gov. Makinde wait until the last minute before coming up with a deadline for the unexpected payment? Adejumo queried.
In another development, Oyo APC has faulted the claims by the spokesman of the PDP who reportedly alleged that former Governor Abiola Ajimobi was no longer popular in the state. APC described such insinuation as “a figment of the imagination of an uninformed mind who thinks access to the media should always offer him every opportunity to be reckless in speech.
“As far as we are concerned, Oyo PDP exists only in the media space as we are aware of the activities of Gov. Makinde’s media handlers who churn out proxy press releases using the ruling party’s name and fund such with state resources. The end of such satanic practice is near as the good people of the state cannot wait to have sanity restored again by the imminent APC government”. The statement added.
Education: NGO Donates Free Exercise Books To Students In Ekiti
A Non – Governmental Organisation (NGO) under the aegis of VMA Foundation has distributed exercise books worth over N500,000 to public primary and secondary schools in Oke-Oro Ekiti, Ekiti state. The Foundation owned by Chief Victor Mobolaji, an international businessman, also offers medical outreach, educational services, vocational training, agricultural and economic empowerment to the aged and less privileged in the society.
Founder of the organisation, Chief Mobolaji informed that the gesture is to support the less privileged and indigent students whose parents could barely afford school materials.
“It gives us great pleasure to support the students in Oke Oro, we consider educating the younger ones to be a top priority. The more we can support programmes that enrich their educational experiences, the better”.
He disclosed further that the foundation has also spent millions of Naira on economic empowerment and health care services to support people with health challenges in the country.
Chief Mobolaji, however promised that the foundation will not relent in its efforts to better the lives of the people around, just as he urged others to replicate such gesture.
Remarking, the Owa of Oke Oro Ekiti, Oba Alex Adebukola Aina lauded Mobolaji for his gesture, urging him to continue to be a good ambassador of the community.
“We are proud of you, your gesture will go a long way in assisting the younger ones who are the future of the community and I want to urge you to continue your good deed”, he said.
OyoSUBEB resumes inspection of Intervention Projects
The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran earlier this week has continued the inspection of some ongoing 2017 UBEC-OyoSUBEB intervention projects in Ogbomosho and Ibadan zones.
Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran while inspecting, recounted the importance of the projects to improvement of basic education in the State.
The Chairman expressed satisfaction at the standard and speed at which the ongoing projects are being executed, saying most of the projects are ready for use for the pupils when pupils resume school, next term.
He also revealed that the completion of the projects would give easy passage to the commencement the 2018 Intervention projects in earnest, noting that the inspection became very necessary, due to the Executive Governor’s passion for the sector.
The Chairman’s first call was Methodist Primary School, Bodija, where he assured the school authority that Government would soon site a Model school there, in fulfilment of the State Government’s pledge to improve learning in the State.
“As soon as we commence the next intervention Project, a Model school would be sited here. Therefore, let me plead with the traders displaying their wares at the entrance of schools; blocking the entrance of this school, to please vacate the space, as a big project would soon commence here”, he said.
The Chairman also visited Anwaru-Islam Primary School, Eleyele, 1,2,3, and St. Peters Primary School, Aremo, where he urged the contractors on site to speed up the projects, against resumption of the pupils, next term.
Further among other projects visited by the Chairman is Elewura Community Primary School, Elewura- where the project has been completed, and in use already by the School pupils.
Speaking on security threats meted out by hoodlums in most public-school premises, the Chairman promised that the State Government would henceforth ensure arrest and prosecution of anyone found culpable of disturbing the peace of schools, during and after school hours.
Meanwhile, the Chairman also monitored the ongoing Unified examination in all public pry. Schools in the State.
The Chairman said the essence of the monitoring exercise was to ensure that quality returned to the education system in the State.
He recalled that the present administration, under Governor Seyi Makinde, has strengthened the unified examination, so as to nurture the pupils from the scratch, saying this would go a long way in curbing failure.
He said, “This Government has paid for the unified examination for public primary schools in the state, which the past administration rested its responsibilities on the shoulders of the parents. With this exam, we can know the competence level of each pupil we nurture and know how to help them”.
“With this kind gesture of the Governor, no pupil would be absent based on lack of funds”, he opined.
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