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Oyo Govt. Warns Education Stakeholders, Promises Running Grants to Schools

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Oyo State Government has issued a stern warning to Stakeholders in the Education sector, saying anyone caught in the act of sabotaging the present administration’s efforts to reposition education in the State will be severely dealt with.

Speaking with Executives of the Oyo State wing of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and Association of Primary School Headteachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON) during the weekend, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran asserted that it is no more business as usual, as Government is determined to restore the lost glory of the sector in the State.

He assured them that government would, as a matter of urgency, look into the return of running grants to all public schools. This, he said, will forestall illegal collection of fees from pupils.

“The government knows that NUT and AOPSHON are critical stakeholders, and we will religiously follow our promises, but we must warn that we will not tolerate any saboteurs in our determined efforts”

“Government will look into the return of your running grants, because we know that stopping these grants did not do our schools any good”, he added.

Also speaking with Local Government Education Boards’ Financial Officers and Auditors, the Chairman said Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration has zero tolerance for vices that could disrupt its efforts.

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Dr. Adeniran also revealed that the State government would soon appoint Education Secretaries across the State, so as to bridge the gap in the sector.

He gave the assurance that each Education Secretary would merit his/her appointment, as the aim of the appointments is to put the round pegs in the round holes and to elevate the standard of education in the State.

“In order to bridge the gap, all local governments will soon have competent and deserving education secretaries, who would be the link between the board and their LGs”, he concluded.

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Again, NYSC Arrest Two ‘Fake’ Corps Members In Katsina

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has disclosed that  it has caught two additional fake corps members at the orientation camp in Katsina State.

Ahidjo Yahaya, the NYSC State Coordinator, confirmed this in a statement issued  by their Public Relations Officer, Mr Alex Obemeata.

He, also hinted  that the two corps members were apprehended following a report from the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shu’aibu Ibrahim, that the two ladies were carrying fake certificates.

“I got a security report from the DG that the two of them were carrying fake certificates. Base on that, he set out the security network to trap them and they were trapped.

“He said the two corps members had confessed to the offence. We will like to follow due process in handling the case by arraigning them before the camp’s court today (Saturday) before they would be demitted and decamped,” said Yahaha.

According Yahaha, one of the two corps members was identified as Offor Chinelo Blessing with registration No. KT/19B/3696 and call-up No. NYSC /ISU/2019/260/22 from Imo State University said to be carrying fake result in B.Sc. Insurance and Actuarial Science.

The other suspect is Meaienwa Chimdinma Ngozi with registration number KT/19B/3836 and call-up No. NYSC /ISU/2019/259331from the same university, also caught with a fake certificate in B.A Ed Education/Eng.

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This brings to at least six unqualified people caught parading themselves as corps members at the Katsina Orientation Camp since the commencement of registration of the 2019 Batch B stream II corps members deployed to the state.

The NYSC DG had shortly before the orientation camp cautioned members of the public not to go to camps with fake results, warning that anyone caught would be handed over to the police for prosecution.

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University Workers To FG: Be Prepared For ‘Mother Of All Strikes:

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University workers in Nigeria under the aegis of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) on Thursday warned the Federal Government to brace up for an indefinite nationwide strike.

SSANU’s National Vice President (North), Mr Solomon Alfa, gave this warning  at a press conference following a meeting of the Joint Action Committee of both unions in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

At the end of the meeting, the workers who are on a five-day warning strike asked the government to prepare for what they termed as the “mother of all strikes”.

The labour leaders are threatening to proceed on a nationwide industrial action barely 24 hours to the expiration of the ongoing one-week strike by the union members.

Both unions had directed their members to commence the warning strike from Monday to Friday in a letter dated August 16 and jointly signed by the General Secretary of NASU, Mr Peters Adeyemi, as well as the National President of SSANU, Mr Samson Ugwoke.

They gave the directive to all branch chairmen of the unions across the country after the 14-day ultimatum they issued to the government expired.

The unions accused the government of failing to show firm commitment towards resolving the issues raised, including the payment of earned allowances to members.

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Others are university staff schools matter and the renegotiation of 2009 Agreements.

The Joint Action Committee had warned that the National Executive Councils of the two unions would not hesitate to sanction those who fail to comply with the directive.

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Out-of-School Children: Oyo ready to educate over 170,000 almajiris, hawkers

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Oyo state government on Monday expressed its readiness to put into use the BESDA take-off grant towards educating about 170, 536 out-of-school children in 23 Local Government Areas and ensure their retention in schools.

The Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran disclosed this after a two-day interactive session held in Ibadan, the state capital on implementation of World Bank assisted Better Education Service Delivery For All (BESDA).

He also  reiterated the state government’s resolve to effectively take off the street all out-of-school children and put them in public schools, adding that  the programme would cater for hawkers and Almajiris in Oyo State.

“Despite all the hiccups, I strongly believe that the essence of BESDA, which is to effectively take all the out-of-school children off the streets and draw them back to schools, will be accomplished in Oyo State”, the SUBEB boss expressed optimism.

Expressing displeasure on the outrageous number of out-of-school children in the state, Dr. Adeniran further assured  that the state government would ensure that a total of 62, 733 hawkers were taken back to school, while 107, 803 Almajiris would be taken off the streets in the Oke-Ogun region of the state.

He revealed that the Board had embarked on strategies that would ensure all out-of-school-children are returned to schools before year-2022.

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“Oyo state as one of the participating states, would ensure that all out-of-school-children are brought back to schools within the years of the programme implementation in the country as a whole”.

The Chairman also promised that the Seyi Makinde  led government would pay undivided attention to reduction in the number of out-of-school children, improve their literacy level and strengthen the education system.

Earlier his remarks, the Head, Coordination Support Team, BESDA, Mallam Iro Umar , alsonexpressed optimism that Oyo State has a good team to implement BESDA project.

He  noted that the state, through Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, has met necessary parameters and has what it takes to drive the programme to a fruitful end.

Oyo State Government would receive an initial BESDA grant of $3Million, to kick off the programme in Ona-ara, Kajola, Surulere, Saki West, Akinyele, Olorunsogo, Iseyin, Saki East, Oyo West, Ogbomosho South, Ogbomosho North & Iwajowa.

Other Local Government Areas are, Ogo-Oluwa, Ibadan South East, Oriire, Oluyole, Afijio, Oyo West, Ibadan South East, Egbeda, Oreloope, Ibarapa Central and Ibadan North East.

 

 

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