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Oyo  Education Trust Fund : An Undeniable Miraculous Legacy



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



Ibadan Poly sacks chief lecturer over alleged sexual misconduct



The management of The Polytechnic, Ibadan last Tuesday terminated the appointment of Mr. Ajadi Kelani Ojo Omotosho, a lecturer in the department of Urban and Regional Planning in the institution.


According to a statement signed by the institution’s Registrar/Secretary to the Council, Fawale M.T and made available to Mega Icon Magazine, the lecturer was shown the way out of the citadel of learning for his involvement in act of misconduct which resulted in “embarrassing and tarnishing the image” of The Polytechnic, Ibadan , his employer.


The letter of termination dated 15th September, 2020 , signed by Fawale M.T, the Registrar read, “You will recall that you were engaged in an inappropriate behavior and a poorly managed relationship with your former student. These resulted in embarrassing and tarnishing the image of your employer, The Polytechnic, Ibadan.


“You will also recall your responses and appearances before the investigation panel and senior staff disciplinary committee that looked into the above matters. After a careful consideration of the issues above, the Governing Council found you guilty as your actions and activities amount to misconduct.


“The Governing Council, therefore approved the immediate termination on your appointment with effect from Friday , 11th September,2020. “You are to handover all properties of the institution in your possession to your Head of Department”, the letter concluded.

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‘Many of my classmates called me daddy and taught me law’ – Adeolu Akande



completed law programme after four attempts



I wasn’t the oldest in the class. I think there were at least three persons in the Abuja Campus of the Law School who were above 70 years of age. I, however, belonged to a generation of students called “the Elders,” most of us in our 50s and 60s. I was inspired by many of the older gentlemen, especially those who had been Senators, Members of the House of Representatives, Permanent Secretaries, Ambassadors, and successful professionals – Accountants, Doctors, Engineers, Actors, Journalists, etc. It was an irony that each time some of my younger classmates told me I inspired them, coming to the Law School at my age, I, in turn, took my inspiration from those above 70 and successful men who were in the same class.

My interest in Law was spurred by my interest in politics and the fact that many of the personalities that inspired my interest in politics like Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola, Chief Bode Thomas were lawyers. My interest in Law deepened when I had opportunities to work in government (Federal and State), and from there, I concluded that knowledge of Law is a sine qua non for outstanding performance in government. As Chief of Staff to Governor Abiola Ajimobi, there were occasions when we had heated debates on issues. The governor would agree with my position but would end up accepting the counsel of the lawyers in the cabinet. His reasoning was always that if he followed my advice and there was a backlash, he would be left vulnerable. However, he could still take refuge in the fact that he followed the counsel of his lawyers, especially on matters bordering on legal issues. When the governor dissolved the cabinet in 2013, I resolved to go back to school and Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State offered me a serene, stimulating and comfortable environment to pursue my dream.

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It was both challenging and fun attending classes with younger classmates. Many of them called me daddy, and I often found that amusing. Many of them were also quite helpful. I believe this new generation is smarter. They grasp issues much faster, and they are quicker to adapt. They have access to more information and can sustain discussions across many disciplines, having no boundaries between what the older generations classify as “serious” and “unserious”. For instance, they don’t regard versatility in music as a sign of unseriousness. I encountered many of the best students in the class who were nimble dancers and almost fanatical football fans, especially the English Premier League.

Midway into the session, I was astonished when they discussed issues of Law, and I began wondering whether we were in the same class! This inspired me, or more accurately, pressured me to work harder.

Many of them taught me the mathematics aspect of Law, particularly in Corporate Law and Property Law. Believe me, it is helpful when people who are younger than you teach you a subject. You feel challenged to work harder, especially when the one teaching you does not have the patience to repeat himself. One of them once told me, “Daddy, this thing is not as difficult as you make it look! I was slightly jolted, but I calmed down and jokingly told him to take it easy with daddy!

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I feel fulfilled because I finally succeeded in finishing the law programme after four attempts. I had to withdraw after one year at the University of Ibadan because some of my colleagues wrote a petition that I was a full-time staff of the Nigerian Tribune, so I had no business enrolling for a full-time law programme. I would have finished in 2001. I tried a second time to run the programme in 2010 at Buckingham University in the United Kingdom, but family commitments made me abort the trip a few days to my departure. I did one year with the University of London External Degree programme in 2014 but opted out when it looked like the Council of Legal Education would not shift ground on not allowing correspondence students to attend the Nigerian Law School. I felt there was no point reading law if you would not appear as counsel in court.

Law School is tough. You work round the clock. You must achieve 75 percent class attendance. You must attend group meetings and complete the daily assignments. You must be well prepared for every class as you may be called to anwer questions in class and you will not want to disgrace yourself before more than a thousand classmates amongst who call you daddy. Failing the bar examination was no option. In truth, it crossed my mind a number of occasions that it was quite possible to flunk the final bar examination. I always shrugged it off and wished it away, but felt pressured to work harder. The only reward for hard work is more work, and I am glad it has ended in praise.

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To God be the glory.


Professor Adeolu Akande is a Professor of Political Science and Public Administration.He chairs the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)

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COVID-19: Adamawa threatens to shutdown schools for reopening without approval





The Adamawa State Government on Tuesday threatened to shut down primary schools in the state for reopening without approval.

The state Commissioner for Education, Wilbina Jackson, made this known during a meeting with the state chapter of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools in Yola.

Jackson emphasized that the COVID-19 guidelines must be followed by all stakeholders to prevent the spread of the virus in the state.

According to her, “The National Policy on education did not state that primary six should write Common Entrance, that is what we explained to them.

“It is all about automatic promotion, no one is demoted. So that is not an excuse as far as we are concerned. We are here to obey guidelines according to the Federal Ministry of Education on COVID-19″.

The Commissioner further explained that the government has not approved the reopening of primary schools nor the conduct of common entrance examinations in the state.

She condemned the situation where officials sent by the ministry to monitor compliance of schools in line with the COVID-19 guidelines were prevented from doing so.

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