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‘We’ re focused to deliver’ – Oyo SUBEB reels out achievements

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Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Tuesday reeled out its achievements and impact.

The Board reiterated its determination  to attaining more success in 2021, more than the achievements recorded in the outgoing  year.

Oyo SUBEB Chairman, Dr. Nureni Adeniran, while addressing journalists in his Ibadan office, also disclosed that the Board has recorded 95% projects completion amidst COVID-19 and End Sars protest.

He added that the Covid-19 pandemic was not an excuse for him and his associates to embark on making sure that education is seen as a tool to fight provery in the state as well as making sure that basic amenities are provided for both the teachers and the students in the State.

Adeniran further explained, “When we came into the office, we have plans and we ensure that we put in efforts to achieve this. To the glory of God, we awarded 5 model schools, 15 blocks of classrooms, we have 59 renovations done across the state as well as providing schools with chairs and tables for both the teachers and students. We also equipped the sports facility and to the glory of God, I can tell you that 5 model schools we awarded are completed and we only gave them out this year and we ensured that all hands are on desk to deliver these projects along with completion of borehole.

“We also equipped schools with farm equipment most especially on Animal husbandary and Poultry farming. Students are exposed to this to build themselves ahead of the future and prepare them to be financially stable and also to help them grow the Agricultural sector of the country. I am bold to say that we have 95% projects completion of all awarded projects given out.

“Despite  having a lot of projects inherited from the previous administration, we are focused to deliver. We inherited 54 projects from the previous administration and by the grace of God, we were able to complete 41 projects so far despite the Covid 19 pandemic”, he continued.

Adeniran noted that the present administration in the state believes in continuity as he refuses to terminate contracts awarded by the previous administration. He , however urged the contractors to speed up the delivery of projects.

“The administration of Engr Seyi Makinde is the government of all and that is why we didn’t terminate contracts awarded by the previous administration despite the fact that they awarded a lot of projects and they were unable to complete many but we took it on ourselves to ensure that we complete the projects. We also realized that the previous administration didn’t pay the counterpart funds early to ensure the projects completion but this administration under Engr Seyi Makinde has been paying the counterpart funds to ensure we give out projects and ensure completions”, Adeniran added.

Speaking on recruitment, the SUBEB boss emphasized that the exercise  is needed to boast the primary education in the state as they have lost many teachers to retirement, death and others, who have been redeployed to Secondary Schools

“We have lost many teachers to retirement, death and some to shifting from primary schools to Secondary Schools and we must replace them. We are already doing underground works as I can assure you that Oyo SUBEB recruitment will commence by the quarter of the 2021”, Adeniran concluded.

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LAUTECH ownership: Oyo to pay N8 billion to Osun in 3 years as asset sharing agreement

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Oyo state government has approved the payment of the sum of N8 billion to Osun State government as an asset sharing agreement, a follow-up to the earlier agreement reached between Oyo and Osun state governments on the ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).

The approval, which was conveyed  by the Commissioner for Education, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, would be paid in three installments spread over a period of three years.

According to a statement signed by Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday, the Commissioner  for Education,  Olaleye disclosed this while briefing journalists shortly after the Executive Council meeting held at the Governor’s Office.

“As a follow-up to the agreement reached with the Osun State government on the issue of sole ownership of LAUTECH, the Executive Council of Oyo State approved today the payment of the sum of N8 billion to Osun State government. It will be paid over a period of three years.

“The breakdown of the payment goes as follows: one (1) billion Naira will be paid in January 2021 and another one (1) billion Naira will be paid in December 2021. Three (3) billion Naira will be paid in 2022 and the last three (3) will be paid in 2023. This was the decision of the council today”, the commissioner explained.

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School Resumption Remains January 18th – FG Insists

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Despite fears over the surge in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, the federal government has insisted that the January 18th resumption date for schools in the country remains intact.

The Federal Ministry of Education, in a statement issued on Thursday by its Director, Press and Public Relations, Ben Bem Goong submitted, “After extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders, including State Governors, Commissioners of Education, Proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students, the consensus of opinion is that the resumption date of 18th January should remain”.

Meanwhile, the Ministry explained that all schools and parents must ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols such as wearing of face masks, social distancing among others. 

The ministry continued,  “These measures which are to ensure safe reopening of schools for academic activities will be subject to constant review as we urge teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance”.

It will be recalled that earlier in the week, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 had hinted that it would review the resumption date (January 18th, 2020) for learning institutions in the country, citing the rising COVID-19 infections in Africa’s most populous nation. 

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Ibadan Poly authorities dialogue with union leaders to resume

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Authorities of The Polytechnic, Ibadan (TPI) on Tuesday engaged the leaders of the striking workers of the institution in a marathon peace meeting that lasted about two and a half hours hoping for an early resolution of the strike action.

The meeting presided over by Professor Kunle Akinyemi, the Chairman of the Governing Council at the Board of Studies Chamber was attended by three other members of the Council and members of the Management which included the Rector, Professor Kazeem Adekunle Adebiyi, and the Registrar, Mrs Modupe Theresa Fawale.

Also, the meeting was attended by the representatives of the Senior Staff, the Non- Academic Staff and the Academic Staff.

During the meeting, the unions further reiterated their demands to which the Chairman of the Governing Council pleaded for time and understanding in the management and resolution of the issues at stake.

The Chairman appealed to the workers in the first instance to allow the students to complete the on-going first semester examination and also unlock the gates leading to the Institution for easy accessibility by the Public and other stakeholders having transactions within The Institution.

The Unions showed understanding and cooperation with the intentions of early resolution of the crisis.

It will be recalled that the workers commenced an industrial action on Monday, which  has disrupted all activities including the on-going first semester examination over the issue of payment of minimum wage by the Institution.   

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