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We ‘ll recruit more teachers – Makinde

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Oyo state governor, Engr Oluseyi Makinde on Saturday said  his administration would soon be hiring trained teachers to strengthen quality education in public schools.

Governor Makinde who vowed to reclaim the lost glory of the education sector in Oyo State by collaborating with different stakeholders to uplift the sector, also promised to make the Government College Ibadan (GCI) the poster school in Nigeria.

The Governor, who stated this while speaking at the grand finale of events marking 90th anniversary of GCI, said that his government is intent on restoring the lost glory of education in Oyo State.

A statement by the chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the Governor as saying that the State would soon advertise for the recruitment of teachers.

He stated that his administration would continue to place great importance on the future of the children of Oyo State.

In attendance at the event were the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, who is an old student of the school; the president of the Government College Ibadan Old Boys Association (GCIOBA), Dr. Wale Babalakin, SAN; Chief Lekan Are; former Governor Omololu Olunloyo; the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Bisi Ilaka, who is also an old student and other government functionaries.

Governor Makinde commended the Government College Ibadan Old Boys Association (GCIOBA) for their contributions towards reclaiming the glory of the historic school, especially the renovation of the old hostels of the school, among others, promising to partner with them to make GCI the poster school of Nigeria.

The Governor also expressed his readiness to collaborate with stakeholders in the education sector to deliver qualitative education, noting that everyone has to come to the table on the policies put in place by the State Government, because the government and the Governor could not do it alone.

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Governor Makinde maintained that it had been a challenge for Government to drive its free qualitative education policy because there were corrupt elements trying to frustrate Government.

He insisted, however, that he would not relent in delivering free qualitative education to all students in the State.

The Governor explained that he had sent out fact-finding emissaries to some schools in the State, which discovered that the free textbooks provided by the State were not being distributed to students in some schools, noting that he had already given a directive that the books must reach every student.

“Actually, this brings it down to where we are in the area of education in Oyo State. During my electioneering campaign, I promised the good people of Oyo State free and qualitative education but I knew that the government cannot do it alone. I am happy with the latest developments in GCI and want to promise that the government of Oyo State will partner with you.

“We will soon advertise vacancy to recruit teachers. If the PTA teachers are good enough and have the prerequisite qualifications, they will be employed. But the bottom-line is that the future of our children is at stake here. If we are saying that government is providing certain things and we cannot have value for those things, then it is a big problem and that is what we are faced with right now.

“I am saying boldly here that education is one of the pillars on which this administration is resting on. It is only when we give knowledge to our people; that is when they can take themselves out of poverty,” Governor Makinde said.

“It is a big challenge and I have to come out to say this. When we came in, we scrapped the N3,000 education levy but we have been challenged by those corrupt elements within the education sector. I have heard cases where I was told certain schools were burgled because we scrapped N3,000 but did not provide grants to schools. They said they could not employ guards to secure the school environment. If I look at that school and also look at GCI, where do you think I will put further investment?

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“I have also heard about situations where they came back to us and said some certain schools had only five instead of 25 teachers out of which 20 were PTA teachers. They also said they could not pay the PTA teachers because the government stopped them from collecting N3,000 education levy. They never declared to anybody that the levy was the same as PTA levy. So, I said to the Permanent Secretary that we will give Grants to schools but there must be accountability.

“I care about this mandate the people of Oyo State have given to me and I care about the promises I made to the people during my electioneering campaign. So, the challenge is out there and I want to ask that the good people within our midst have to come to the table for the educational policies we are putting in place to succeed.

“If you don’t come to the table, God forbid, Seyi Makinde alone can’t do it. Government alone cannot do it. We need people that can tell us what is going on.

“I have heard some reports, even from this school, that the notebooks and textbooks we sent out were not distributed. I asked them the reason why they were keeping the materials almost mid-way into the first term but they gave excuse of not being able to get the logistics to move those materials from Local Inspectors of Education to the school. And I said to them that I approved money for those materials around the first week of September.

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“But there was good news after that encounter. They started the distribution immediately and I think if some of the students are here, they can confirm they have those instructional materials now. So, we need things like that to happen in all the schools in Oyo State.

“What will make the difference for us are not those giant steps but the little ones we take. So, I will partner with the GCIOBA to achieve that objective. I will encourage this school. I am with you all the way and we will together bring back the lost glory in our education sector in Oyo State,” the Governor said.

Also speaking at the occasion, Chairman of GCIOBA, Dr. Wale Babalakin said that the Old Boys Association of GCI have committed over N500 million to the development of the school.

He said that the association would partner with the state government to return boarding system to the school.

According to him, the idea of a GCI as a day school without boarding system was an antithesis.

 

 

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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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Oyo govt. finally secures LAUTECH ownership

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The Seyi Makinde -led Oyo state government on Friday secured full ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso.

Before this development , the citadel of learning was jointly owned by Oyo and Osun states.

The National Universities Commission (NUC), through its Executive Secretary, Professor Abubakar Rasheed announced the transfer of the ownership of the institution to the Oyo State government at a press briefing in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

According to the Memorandum of Agreement signed, the Osun State government would take full ownership of the university’s College of Health Sciences in Osogbo.

Speaking further, the NUC Chief informed that the resolution was made as a way to resolve the lingering ownership crisis that rocked the university for several years.

He expressed optimism that the development would lay to rest the lingering ownership imbroglio rocking the university, disclosing that the owner states through their respective gaffers, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and his Osun State counterpart, Adegboyega Oyetola, signed a Memorandum of Agreement to ratify the position.

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