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UNESCO standard in education is our target – Oyo SUBEB Chair

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The Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran has assured parents and guardians in the State that Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration would do everything possible to achieve the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) standard for education.

Adeniran promised allocation of adequate funds to revamp the Education sector in Oyo state.

Adeniran who made the promise while speaking with newsmen in Ibadan recently reiterated Governor Seyi Makinde’s promise to run free education in the State.

He called on parents and students to desist from any form of payment under any guise in schools across the state, promising stiff penalty against any teacher caught collecting money from students.

The SUBEB Chairman, noted that since democratic governance returned, the annual budgetary allocation to education in the state has been between four and five percent.

He however commended Governor Seyi Makinde who promised ìnitial annual commitment of 10% of annual budget to Education.

He described the Governor’s gesture as a good start, which will yield to a quick resuscitation of the education sector in the State.

Dr. Adeniran also affirmed that Oyo State Government has keyed into the Universal Basic Education Board’s scheme, Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) by looking for ways to return out-of-school-children back to school and giving them quality education.

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“This administration will do everything possible to achieve excellent education for our students without straining the financial capacity of parents and guardians”.

“The UNESCO standard is our target and the target requires that funding for education must not be a matter of mouthing alone. Any serious government that wants to invest in education will allocate substantial fund to the sector in its budget, and that exactly is what we are doing.

“All children of school-going age will be in school and we shall enforce this as well, but all excuses that will make parents, guardians and even the children to be outside school will not be allowed, which made this government abolish payment of fees in primary and secondary schools upon assuming office.

“We are assuring the people of the State that all inputs like good academic environment, adequate teaching hands and facilities will be provided without asking for fee.

“If all these are achievable, our society will be better for it and we will be proud to be among the States that are the shining lights in academic excellence in Nigeria,” he said.

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Senator Buhari expresses joy as National Assembly passes bill establishing Federal University of Agriculture, Oke Ogun

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It was all joy for the Senator representing  Oyo North Senatorial District, Dr. Abdulfatai Buhari as he could not hide his happiness as the National Assembly on Wednesday passed the bill seeking the establishment of Federal University of Agriculture and Technology, Oke Ogun.

The bill, sponsored by Senator Buhari which is now awaiting the Presidential assent has successfully passed through the legislative processes with a strong hope that it shall enjoy the the assent of President Muhammodu Buhari soonest.

The lawmaker, in a telephone conversation described today as one of his happiest days on earth.

He specifically thanked God for making the legislative processes of having the citadel of learning in Oke Ogun, a success.

In his words, “I thank God, I’ve played my roles and I’m sure, Insha Allah, the President will assent to the bill and it shall manifest soonest”.

It will be recalled that on 25th of April 2017 and 7th November, 2017, the bill to establish the Federal University of Agriculture and Technology, Oke Ogun, Oyo State passed the first and second reading respectively after which the bill was referred to the Committee on Tertiary Education.

On the 14th of November 2019 , Senator AbdulFatai Buhari represented the bill and after it passed the second reading, it was again referred to the Committee on Tertiary Education and Monday 20 July, 2020 was fixed for the public hearing.

The public hearing was held successfully with a clear indication that it will be passed by the National Assembly.

The APC chieftain who promised to facilitate Federal institution into the region noted  that the institution will enhance development and create employment opportunities for the indigenes and residents of his senatorial district and the state at large.

He made the promise during his electioneering  campaign,  considering the zone as an agrarian community.

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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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