Governor Seyi Makinde has commended the Old Students’ Association of Ibadan City Academy, Eleta, Ibadan and its School Governing Board (SGB) for having expended over forty million naira on rehabilitation of fifteen structures, including classrooms, laboratories and the school’s library while another five structures were presently under renovation.
The school has six teachers under the employment of the alumni to take care of various subjects like English Language, Mathematics and sciences to support teachers under the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) while a borehole was sunk for the students’ population to have access to portable water.
Makinde who was represented by his deputy, Engr Rauf Olaniyan at a capacity building seminar organized by the Old Students’ of the school in conjunction with its SGB body said the situation on ground as far as public schools facilities were concerned was pathetic, reiterating the administration’s readiness to take the all-encompassing education policy to a greater level.
The Old Students’ body of the school had invited five education experts from the United Kingdom from the popular Association of Nigerian Academics in UK, among whom was a member of the alumni.
They took over hundred teachers through the modern and up-to-date requisites of teaching methodologies and learning styles that could enhance students’ performance.
The deputy governor while declaring open the seminar promised to partner with Association of Nigerian Academics in UK to spread the gains of the capacity building program to other areas of the State.
In his words, Olaniyan said “on behalf of the government and the people of Oyo State, I want to appreciate the alumni of Ibadan City Academy and its SGB for their efforts to complement government in uplifting education in the State.
“Government cannot do everything. We urge people in and outside the State to inculcate this laudable effort and contribute to the growth of education in the State to propel the needed effect on other aspects of human life.
“Let me give kudos to the last administration for bringing SGB on board, but I want to add here that our administration will take the policy to a greater height. On behalf of Oyo State government, I have the privilege to tell you that we are ready to partner with you because we know that no matter the cost of building structures in schools, if capacity of teachers is not updated, then the buildings are nothing.
“I want to add that with what we have seen here, by the time you come here next year, we would have done our own bit that you will have a good story to tell,” he promised.
The President General, Ibadan City Academy Old Students’ Association, Pastor Titiloye Richard in his address said the ‘Train The trainers’ seminar was targeted at bettering the lives of students which could be achievable by training the teachers to impact the right type of knowledge to the students.
“At the end of this capacity building seminar, we expect the teachers to have a new horizon into teaching and impacting on students and for them to identify that the students do not have the same capacity and that they must be able to accommodate all types of students when it comes to teaching methodologies.
“In the last three years, we have taken it as a responsibility to have a facelift of the school and that is why we renovated about fifteen classrooms, school laboratories and library which had gulped up to over forty million naira. We call on government to take it where we have gotten to and do the needful.
“It is not enough to do free education, the structures and teachers’ capacity as well as teaching facilities should be provided. With the free education which is commendable, there will be a boom in population of students and the facilities and other inputs must be on ground to accommodate them.”
Dr Bashir Olanrewaju who was also an alumni and Chairman of the School’s SGB gave kudos to the incumbent governor for making education accessible to all strata of the society in the State by introducing free education for all public schools.
He pledged the support of the alumni of Ibadan City Academy and its SGB to the education policies and pursuits of the government while promising that students of the school would perform excellently well in all their internal and external examinations.
One of the participants at the seminar who was also a teacher of financial studies, Mr Adeniyi Temitope appreciated the alumni and SGB of the school for broadening the knowledge of the teachers with the seminar which he described as interesting, promising to make good use of what he learned in impacting positively on the students.
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.
34th Convocation Ceremony: Ibadan Poly to Honour Best Graduating Students
Management of The Polytechnic Ibadan has disclosed that it will recognize and honour its best graduating students who have satisfactory distinguished themselves in learning, character, exceptionally excelled across programmes and also those who recorded best performance in other extra curricular activities.
Its Deputy Rector, who doubles as the Chairman, Graduation Ceremony Planning Committee, Mrs Abiodun Olubunmi Olubamiwa disclosed this in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital at a Press Briefing ahead of the 34th Convocation Ceremony billed for 13th December, 2019, held at the premises of the institution on Wednesday.
Olubamiwa noted that the decision will serve as a motivation to current and prospective students by encouraging them to always put in their best in their studies, adding that the ceremony will also serve as a social and moral reward for parents and guardians who put in their hard earned resources to support their children and wards towards making a success in their academic endeavours.
Also, the Deputy Rector hinted that the ceremony is to be presided over by the Oyo state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde who is also the visitor to the institution, saying “this will be the first graduation ceremony of the Institution he will be attending since inception of this administration on 29th May, 2019”
While highlighting the series of activities lined up for the Graduation Ceremony of the institution, she listed Jumah and Church services, graduation lecture, graduation and award giving ceremony among others as the activities to commemorate the ceremony.
Speaking further, she also informed that the graduation lecture titled: “The Dream, The Challenges and The Reality of Contemporary Nigeria for Fresh Graduates” would be delivered by Prof Ayobami Ojebode, the Head of Department, Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan. Olubamiwa explained that the lecture is organized with the intend of broadening the knowledge of all the graduands and to educate them on the issues around contemporary Nigeria as it affects fresh graduates
“This lecture will serve as parting advice for them to be successful in life”, she said.
According to the Deputy Rector, ten undergraduate students of the institution have been given scholarship award for their studies at the institution due to their outstanding performance at the Nigeria Polytechnic Games, (NIPOGA), stressing that those who were rewarded for their outstanding performance at the recent zonal NIPOGA games, held at the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo in Ondo State participated in games like tennis, baseball, scrabbles, chess, hockey and other games.
She added that the management and the Rector of the institution; Professor Kazeem Adekunle Adebiyi approved the scholarship to motivate students and staff in the area of sporting activities.
“The gesture was to prove that the institution does not only reward academic excellent alone but also gives full recognition to students that shine in the other field such as sports. The management of the institution gave full support to sporting activities for both students and staff. The institution participated in zonal NIPOGA games which was held at Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo ondo state between 19th and 25th October, 2019 and the students won twenty five (25) gold medals in the various sporting activities such as tennis, baseball, scrabbles, chess, hockey and other games.
“In recognition of these landmark achievements, the management of the institution under the leadership of Prof. Kazeem Adekunle Adebiyi had graciously approved scholarship for ten (10) student’s athletes that excelled in the above mentioned competition. This act proves that The Polytechnic, Ibadan does not only reward academic excellent but gives full recognition to students that shine in the other field such as sports”, Olubamiwa concluded.
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