THE Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela has emerged as one of the fifty most inspiring personalities in Nigeria according to The Guardian Newspaper.
Concerned about the get-rich-quick mentality of the youths of today, the organizer described the ex- council boss, Olowofela and others picked from various field of endeavours as inspirational persons whose stories and life trajectories can serve to motivate the youths to think positively , and galvanize them to dream and pursue goals in order to achieve, rather than just wasting away their potentials by engaging in criminal activities.
According to The Guardian Newspaper in a letter written to the Commissioner, dated January 31, 2018 titled “NIGERIA’S 50 MOST INSPIRING PERSONALITIES -SPECIAL REPORT’ and obtained by Mega Icon Magazine, said: “We write to intimate you that you have been picked as one of the 50 to be spotlighted in this momentum report which will be the first of its kind by any newspaper”.
While lamenting the alarming rate of criminal activities that have been giving Nigeria and Nigerians the wrong names everywhere as a result of the mindset of the youths, the management of the national daily, however described this as worrisome and repulsive, saying ” they need to be re-oriented “.
” Today in Nigeria, there is no hiding the fact that the youths are not interested in hard work or ready to struggle to achieve. All they want is money and they want it by hook or crook. They want to ride big cars, use luxury items, live in big houses and live comfortable lives without lifting a finger. This definitely is a complete antithesis to yesteryears when the youths then set their sights at certain goals in life and struggle through thick and thin to actualize these set goals. Then, it was usual for youths to work their way to the top in their various organizations and career.
“This is why The Guardian has come up with this initiative which is meant to make them see that there is virtue and valour in hard work by showcasing people who through hard work, resilience and can -do spirit got to great heights in this country”, the management informed.
Before nomination of the award, the Professor of geophysics, Olowofela who graduated from the University of Ibadan, (UI) has trained over 25,000 students, supervised over 50 B.Sc projects and more than 15 Ph.D projects, among whom have become Professors and Associate Professors. In the course of his academic career, he has more than 70 publications to his credit, two of them are being used by University students in Germany till today.
Also, he served different parties and governments in various capacities which include: National Delegate for National Republican Convention (NRC) in 1990; Member, Governing Council, Oyo State College of Education, Oyo between 2000 and 2003.
Similarly, he has served as Party Chairman, Alliance for Democracy (AD), Ido Local Government, Oyo State between 2002 and 2003 and as Chairmanship Aspirant, All Nigerian People’s Party, (ANPP) where he won the controversial election conducted by the then Oyo State Governor, Senator Rashidi Ladoja in 2007.
Thereafter, he was appointed by Governor Abiola Ajimobi as Transition Committee Chairman, Ido Local Government from 2011 to December, 2014 and Commissioner for Education Science and Technology from June 2016 till date.
The Commissioner had received several awards and honours; both locally and national, which include: overall Best Performed Local Government Chairman in Nigeria, 2012 at the 19th Edition of National Award for Excellence in Grassroots Leadership, Presented by Grassroots Leadership Centre, Abuja.
Also, as overall Best Performed Local Government Chairman in Nigeria, 2012 on Works/Education at the 10th Edition of the All Nigerian Local Government Chairmen Merit Award (LOGMA 2012) by Mentors Communication, Abuja; Oodua Hero Council Chairman, 2013, an award presented by the Yoruba Youth Development Council, (YYDC).
The Professor also bagged ‘Oyo State Commissioner of the year award’, at the 2017 Miss Oyo State Beauty Pageant, presented by Silverstone Communications and Prestigious Award of Ambassador of Ethics and Conscience with Induction into Hall of Fame, 2018 by Centre for Ethics and Self Value Orientation.
Oyo NANS Congratulates Sangodoyin Over Appointment, Charges Him To Hit The Ground Running
The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Oyo State has congratulated Prof. Daud Sangodoyin on his inauguration as the State Commissioner for Education by Governor Seyi Makinde.
The congratulatory message was issued on Saturday in Ibadan, the state capital by its Chairman, Comrade Asubiojo, Olujuwon (Marshal).
The message reads, “We have no doubt that with his rich educational background, qualification, vast experience and proven leadership acumen, Prof. Sangodoyin will effectively handle the education ministry to reflect the educational yearnings and aspirations of this administration as said by His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde and the National Policy on Education.
“We strongly desire that he hit the ground running by attending speedily to issues impeding the growth of education in the Pace setter state”.
“As NANS, Oyo state look forward to working closely with the ministry to further strengthen the education sector. We seize this medium to thank His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde for approving bursary for Oyo Law School students and appeal that this kind gesture be extended to other students in the state”, the message continued.
Back to School for 272,847 Oyo children through ‘BESDA’ Scheme
The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board,(SUBEB), Dr. Nureni Adeniran, has assured that the implementation of the World Bank supported “Better Education Service Delivery for All” (BESDA) scheme will see 272,847 out of school children in the state get a free education.
The SUBEB boss gave this assurance at the Opening ceremony of the interactive session with stakeholders on implementation of BESDA Scheme held at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Ibadan, the state capital on Friday.
Adeniran, also promised that the state would work in line with the standard blueprint in executing the programme, assuring that by next session there would be a reduction in out of school children in Oyo State.
He noted that as contained in a sample by the Nigerian Education Data Survey (NEDS) 2015, Oyo State has been observed to have the total of 272,847 Out of School Children marooning the street and constituting nuisance in the state.
The five-year “Better Education Service Delivery for All” (BESDA) scheme is a short term initiative set to run between 2017 – 2022 and saddled with the responsibility of improving literacy level and increasing equitable access to Out of School children to go back to school.
According to the SUBEB Chair, Oyo state was the only Southwest state benefitting from the five-year BESDA programme.
“Oyo state is well prepared and you can see the huge turnout of our various stakeholders.
“There is a technical work plan that will be used and we’ll create awareness on the importance of schooling in deriving adequate security and a crime free state.”
He further lauded Governor Seyi Makinde for his support towards improving education in the Pacesetter state.
Also speaking at the event, the National Coordinator of BESDA scheme, Prof. Gidado Tahir noted that Oyo state has the best infrastructure and commitment in deriving the goal of the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA).
Professor Tahiru explained that the programme was aimed at drastically reducing the rate of out of school children across the country while noting that Oyo State was among seventeen states that had benefitted from the programme.
“This is a programme that is designed specifically for all children who are not in school for the purpose that they are given education, particularly literacy.
“Let us see that we clear the less than 300,000 children on the streets before the mid-term. Let’s commit ourselves to see that this is done”, he added.
Also, the state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Daud Sangodoyin declared that education is a compulsory right of every Nigerian irrespective of gender, social status, religion, ethnic background and peculiar individual challenges.
The commissioner, who was represented by the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics of the Ministry, Mrs. Aminat Atere lauded the World Bank assisted programme, stressing that the state government is committed to providing quality education to all its citizenry.
More than 4million Nigerians participated in NYSC scheme since inception – DG
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has disclosed that since 1973, inception of the scheme, 4,644,804 Nigerians have participated so far.
NYSC, also vowed to prosecute any corp member that presents fake results or certificate for enrolment into the scheme.
Its Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim disclosed this on Thursday during a media briefing in Abuja.
The DG, who lamented over the rising spate of fake corps members, also threatened to blacklist any institution that engages in the presentation of unqualified persons for mobilisation into the scheme.
He lauded the use of innovation in fishing out those with fake results and certificates.
“The deployment of ICT solutions in the NYSC formulation process and existing collaboration with WAEC and JAMB have enhanced the integrity of the process and reduced the incidents of fake corps members.
“However, this is threatened by the presentation of unqualified persons for mobilisation by some corrupt institutions for mobilisation into the scheme.
“We have discovered in recent times that unscrupulous individuals now present fake results sourced mostly from foreign institutions, particularly in West Africa for mobilisation into the scheme.
“Let me repeat our warning that anybody who presents fake certificate in any attempt to get mobilised for service will be handed over to security agencies for prosecution,” he said.
Ibrahim declared that anybody involved in the presentation of fake results and certificates for enrolment into the scheme will face a minimum of two years jail term.
He added that one of the major objectives of the scheme is to instil discipline in Nigerian youths.
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