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SGB: Oyo Govt. Lauds Bovas Group Contribution to Education



OYO State Government has commended the contributions of the Bovas Group to the development of the education sector in the State.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela gave the commendation in Ibadan on Thursday at the official handing over and commissioning of Bovas Group sponsored projects donated to St Louis Grammar School, Mokola, noting that the gesture will in no small way create conducive environment for teaching and learning of science in the school.

Some of the projects donated by the independent petroleum company, Bovas Group include: drilling of an industrial borehole, renovation of science laboratories, purchase of chemicals and apparatus for laboratories, installation of storex stand and tank, piping of gas and water into various laboratories.

Others are, provision of burners and cylinders, purchase of reagent benches for the chemistry laboratory, supply of cabinets and racks for test tubes to the three laboratories and production of stools for the chemistry laboratory.

Speaking further, Professor Olowofela maintained that the state government alone cannot provide all the necessities of quality education for all, partly because of the astronomical increase in the number of school age children and number of schools while in another vein, competing needs between education and other demanding social services which the government must attend to poses another important factor to be reckoned with in the scheme of things.

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Olowofela’s statement reads, “Governor Ajimobi has consistently been calling for a participatory approach to education financing in which all stakeholders are enjoined to actively contribute their quota in the provision of free and qualitative education.

“In this connection, the state government has stretch out her hands of partnership by inviting stakeholders to contribute their quota to its educational delivery. It is in line with this position that Bovas Group has demonstrated a good sense of partnership with the state government to move education forward by providing for this school, science equipments, in order to enhance teaching and learning of science.

“If we are praising Bovas today, is commitment to duty and the company has decided to give back to the society. The importance of science in the development of any nation cannot be overemphasized. It is my prayer that Bovas Group will continue to flourish”, the commissioner added.

Imploring the management, teachers as well as the students to make the best use of the facilities, he, therefore urged all and sundry to come on board and support government in her drive aimed at restoring, reforming and repositioning the education sector in the state.

The School Principal, Mrs R. O Ladipo in her welcome address, while praising Bovas hinted that with the construction of the borehole, the school now enjoyed portable water, stressing that the teaching of science practicals has now been made easy as science teachers do not teach in abstract any longer.

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She said, “let me reiterate that our present Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi meant no harm when he initiated the idea of partnership which was misunderstood. What he clamoured for then is exactly what Bovas Group had done”.






Ibadan Poly postpones examinations, gives reason




The Polytechnic Ibadan on Monday informed that it has postponed its first semester examination for the 2019/2020 session scheduled to commence today.

The decision, as learnt was taken in view of the protest embarked upon by the students who protested against inability to complete their registration.

Confirming the postponement of the examination, the Registrar of the institution, Mrs. Modupe Fawale said that the decision was taken “to enable students who were unable to meet registration and payment of tuition deadline to do so.”

Fawale added that the examination has been postponed till next week.

“Students are to also note that examination etiquette are sacrosanct hence, any student involved in examination malpractices will be sanctioned.

“Equally, any student caught with cellphone and smart watch will be suspended from the institution and the materials will be confiscated.

“Students are expected to observe all Covid-19 protocols including the use of facemask and those who failed to abide shall not be permitted to take part in the scheduled examination.

“As earlier informed, students facing registration challenges are to go to the accredited ICT centres for solution”, she submitted.

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Education: Oyo Govt Rolls Out 226 Contracts for 2019 UBEC/SUBEB Intervention Projects



No fewer than 102 Local contractors participated in the bid opening exercise for the 2019 FGN-UBEC/OYOSUBEB Intervention projects held at Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board’s premises on Friday.

The exercise, according to the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran was done in compliance with provision of Public Procurement Act 2010.

“We allowed due process in this bid opening, which states that people should be allowed to tender for any goods and/or services, and the tender should be open in the presence of the tenderers”, he said.

While he reiterated the Board’s commitment to transparency and integrity in the selection process, he admonished contractors who submitted bids to embrace the spirit of sportsmanship.

The Chairman also revealed that the projects are being jointly financed by Oyo State Government through the State Universal Basic Education Board and the Federal Government, through the Universal Basic Education Commission.

Dr. Nureni Adeniran further said that a total of Two Hundred and Twenty-six (226) lots are being rolled out, adding that the process involved transparency and due process.

He said the contracts bidded for include: Construction of a Model School; Construction of eight blocks of six classrooms; construction of 14 blocks of four classroms.

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Others are construction of 32 blocks of 3 classrooms; construction of 4 ECCDE pilot centres; construction 10 perimeter fencing.

Also, the contractors bidded for renovation of 66 blocks of classrooms; sinking of 40 boreholes; procurement of 48 lots of furniture and procurement of 3 lots of sport equipment/facilities.

Dr. Adeniran also disclosed that the Board is on the verge of completing the 2018 FGN-UBEC/OYOSUBEB Intervention projects, adding that the projects are on 80% completion.

The Chairman therefore urged tenderers to deliver a thorough job and ensure speedy completion of the intervention projects.

He said, “Bidders are strongly advised to ensure speedy project execution, as this administration has zero tolerance for time wastage, as far as project execution is concerned”.

The bid opening exercise was witnessed by representatives of Universal Basic Education Commission, Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Bureau of Public Procurement, Federal Ministry of Education.

Other bodies represented include, Nigeria Institute of Engineers, Nigeria Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers and CSACEFA.




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Teachers’ Day: Akanbi heaps praises on teachers for creating future world leaders



Former Senator Adesoji Akanbi, on Monday recognized the sacrifices and accomplishments of all teachers, commending them for creating future world leaders in their various field of endeavours.

The APC chieftain, who represented Oyo South Senatorial District between 2015-2019, in an emotional appreciation message made available to Mega Icon Magazine, also paid glowing tributes to the teachers for working their hearts out to lift up young people.

Akanbi, who was conferred ‘Distinguished Education Stakeholder’s Award’ by the NUT, Ibadan Southwest Branch said, “here is to the men and women who get up every day and work their hearts out to lift up our young people.

“The men and women who teach our children to make the world a better place.

“The men and women creating future world leaders, Doctors, Engineers, Scientists, Lawyers, Philosophers, Entertainers, and of course, more Teachers.

“To the men and women toiling hard for the betterment of our children, striving for a better future of the nation, we say thank you Sir/Ma.

“Happy Teacher’s Day”, the message concluded.

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