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Oyo  Education Trust Fund : An Undeniable Miraculous Legacy

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Qualitative education through the provision of the required, adequate teaching and learning facilities has been a great concern to the Abiola Ajimobi led administration in Oyo state, thus; the government lent out her hands of partnership through the Education Trust Fund (ETF) by inviting stakeholders  to contribute their quotas to the development of education sector in the state.

Having realized that no government can shoulder the responsibilities of an important sector such as education alone, it is believed that the timely clarion call made by the State government to all the stake holders was borne out of the urgent need to restore, transform and reposition Oyo state to its glorious years. This, encouraged the birth of Oyo Education Trust Fund (ETF) which was officially launched almost 2 years ago,  precisely, on the 21st of November, 2017 at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.

 

Government Technical College, Saki

The ETF initiative which was designed and aimed at transforming the quality of education at all levels, providing educational facilities and capacity building for teachers and students, is also expected to complement other laudable programmes which include the School Governing Boards (SGBs), OYOMESI among others.

 

(L-R) Executive Secretary, Oyo ETF, Mrs Fatoki, Chairperson, Oyo ETF, Chief Nike Akande, Oyo state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela and Principal GTC, Orita Aperin during an inspection tour to the College

Governor Ajimobi further emphasized that the initiative is meant to enable the state to acquire world class facilities and harness resources that would bring the kind of difference that really matters in the sector, adding that the policy will go a long way in improving the standard of education, service delivery and generate funds from government and private bodies towards financing the sector.

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Though, most sceptics did not initially understand the highly cerebral governor, but he strongly shares view with the former first lady of the United States of America, Rosalynn Carter which she expressed thus; “a leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be”.

Justifying the governor’s vision, his efforts to rebuild the education sector with funds pooled from the public and  private sources has started improving the standard of education in the state.

Government Technical College, Orita Aperin, Ibadan

 

As a good manager of resources who is in tune with the challenges associated with management system and leadership, the governor specifically searched and settled for  an accountant and investment expert, a two-time Minister of Industry, a director of many companies with a proven track record,  Chief (Mrs) Nike Akande to chair the  Oyo State Education Trust Fund (ETF) so that the Board can function optimally, in accordance with its mission statement.

Moments after her historic inauguration, the boardroom guru, Akande soon settled down to a rigorous work. Driven by passion to succeed and contribute her quota wherever she finds herself and like an icon  with the midas touch, the Oyo ETF has started recording rhythmic success stories.

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Government Technical College, Iseyin

The neglect which the technical and vocational education experienced under the previous administrations in the state which has culminated into the dilapidated structures unfit for animals not to talk of humans and  resulting into low productive output has led to a drastic reduction of pupil’s enrollment into the state’s technical colleges.

But,  owing to their importance in the nation’s technological growth and advancement, the Abiola Ajimobi led government through the Oyo ETF realised the  need to create, remodel and revive all technical colleges in the state and bring them to full operation.

Without doubt, the introduction of Oyo ETF aimed at restoring, transforming and repositioning the education sector has not only started yielding positive fruits but also restoring the state pristine identity of ‘pacesetting’ as students, parents and even the staff of the Government Technical Colleges in Ibadan, Oyo, Iseyin, Ogbomoso and Saki  have been acknowledging and appreciating the ongoing transformation of the learning/teaching atmosphere. They have registered their appreciation to government for the changes in the colleges.

Miracles had happened!

 

 

                   Government Technical College, Oyo

Public secondary schools in the state are also receiving the attention of OYO ETF as  free exercise books were being distributed to the Senior Secondary students in the state. More interventions in forms of new constructions, renovations, provisions of teaching and learning materials with relevant seminars/workshops for teachers and students were also enjoyed, though, in order of priority by all levels of education in the state.

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Contrary to the sordid and sorry state of technical and vocational education which Governor Abiola Ajimobi met when he was sworn in as the state governor, he has, however, turned the ‘hands of clock around’ by providing a conducive learning environment for pupils in the state  through the renovation and erection of ultramodern structures.

 

Government Technical College, Ogbomoso

 

No wonder why the state commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela maintained that it is impossible to commission all projects conceived, conceptualized and executed  by the Abiola Ajimobi led administration.

It is obvious that the Oyo ETF under the firm grip of Chief Nike Akande has recorded significant successes by fulfilling its mandate that established the Board. The infrastructural development currently witnessed at the various Government Technical Colleges  in the state evident a clear departure from its inglorious era.

 

 

 

 

By Idowu Ayodele

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Oyo-State, sole ownership of LAUTECH matters arising – Why blame Ajimobi? | By Adeniyi Olowofela

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First and foremost, I congratulate Governors Seyi Makinde and Gboyega Oyetola on ceding LAUTECH to Oyo-State, the struggle earlier started by Governors Adebayo Alao- Akala and Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

It is on record that LAUTECH was established in the year 1990 and Osun State was created in 1991. However due to infancy of the institution by 1991 the two states Oyo and Osun agreed to continue joint ownership of the institution.

Don’t forget that Governor Abiola Ajimobi became Governor of Oyo-State first , in 2011. ( The ‘LAUTECH marriage” which has been sustained for 20 years).

How can late Ajimobi be the problem! of marriage of twenty years?

When Governors Akala and Oyinlola started the struggle, NUC joined in asset sharing before the completion of the dissolution. Governor Rauf Aregbesola came on board in Osun State and he was not going to let go LAUTECH joint investment of Oyo-State and Osun-State, in 2010. So stalemate, was created, the dissolution cannot be done!

When Senator Ajimobi became Governor in 2011 he met the stalemate and both Government decided to continue the joint ownership of the institution as established since 1991.

At the initial period of 2011-2013 Funding of the institution were being done religiously by the two states. Until 2014 when funding crisis started (the details which are well known with the institution and the Ministries of Education Oyo-State and Osun State).

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While commending Governors Makinde and Oyetola for the effort of sole ownership of LAUTECH by Oyo-State.

The ceding  to Oyo-State would have been impossible if Governor Oyetola did not accede.

May God forgive those who are always eager to blame Ajimobi for offence not committed!

Professor Adeniyi Olowofela.
Oyo-State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology. (June 2016- May 28, 2019.)

Commissioner representing, Oyo-State,
Federal Character Commission (July 2, 2020 till date)

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‘2021 budget will take care of LAUTECH funding’, says Makinde

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Oyo state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde  has declared that funding Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH) would pose no difficulty for the State as it had been captured in the State’s 2021 budget.

Governor Makinde who said this while answering questions on a private radio station in Ibadan through telephone on Saturday morning also disclosed that the State has been taking full financial responsibility of the institution since the beginning of the year 2020.

The governor informed the radio audience that he went to meet the Osun State governor, Gboyega Oyetola recently and implored him to let other factors apart from politics reign on the issue of the institution and the fate of the students and their lecturers which informed the agreement to cede LAUTECH to Oyo State.

““when we came in, we said Oyo State will fund for January to July, and Osun for the other part, but for some reasons, when we came in we had to intervene and for this year 2020, Oyo State has been funding LAUTECH alone and we have appropriated enough money in the 2021 budget to continue doing this.

“Nothing is going to change. Of course, we have issues with how the University has been running in the past, we have to change it but it won’t matter where you come from, there won’t be Osun must go, it is a university, we have what it take to put LAUTECH where it used to be nationally and also put it on African and international ranking.

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“I went to my brother, Gboyega Oyetola and I spoke to him to let us keep ego aside, I explained to him that it is a universality and it should be universal and he saw reasons with me and we give God the glory. I remember my time at UNILAG, I did not even know where my lecturers hail from.

“Now the real work has start we have to ensure it is well funded and it contributes to the economy of Ogbomosho and Oyo State, I will be going to Ogbomosho to meet with the stakeholders very soon, however, I want to plead with the lecturers that there is no Osun forum, no Oyo forum,” the governor said.

On issues relating to assets, the governor said processes of distribution of assets of the institution was transparent, as it was valued and monitored by the Nigeria University Commission (NUC) and whatever in each of the two States belonged to the individual State while lecturers and students from each State would enjoy what they used to enjoy before the current situation.

The ceding of LAUTECH to Oyo State was announced on Friday morning to the appreciation of students of the university and parents who believed the action of the two governors of Oyo and Osun States were commendable, in relation to the future of the institution.

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Oyo govt. finally secures LAUTECH ownership

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The Seyi Makinde -led Oyo state government on Friday secured full ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso.

Before this development , the citadel of learning was jointly owned by Oyo and Osun states.

The National Universities Commission (NUC), through its Executive Secretary, Professor Abubakar Rasheed announced the transfer of the ownership of the institution to the Oyo State government at a press briefing in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

According to the Memorandum of Agreement signed, the Osun State government would take full ownership of the university’s College of Health Sciences in Osogbo.

Speaking further, the NUC Chief informed that the resolution was made as a way to resolve the lingering ownership crisis that rocked the university for several years.

He expressed optimism that the development would lay to rest the lingering ownership imbroglio rocking the university, disclosing that the owner states through their respective gaffers, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and his Osun State counterpart, Adegboyega Oyetola, signed a Memorandum of Agreement to ratify the position.

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