Governments and other stakeholders in the society have been urged to invest more on education, as it remained the only way to end entrenched poverty in any society.
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, who made the call while speaking at the 8th Convocation ceremony of Wesley University, Ondo, said that education remains the surest way of breaking the chains of poverty.
The Governor, who was represented by his Executive Assistant (Administration), Revd. Idowu Ogedengbe, said that investing in education would lead to accelerated development.
Makinde was the special guest of honour at the 8th Convocation Ceremony of the Wesley University, where he spoke on the topic “investing in education for accelerated development.”
A statement signed by the Special Assistant (Print Media) to the Governor, Moses Alao, quoted him as saying that it has become imperative to invest more on education, because it is essential in the development of a skilled workforce for the future and accelerating economic growth and development.
Governor Makinde explained that with a more educated workforce, there would be increased human capital development, which in turn would enhance the prospects for better wages and more disposable income for consumer spending.
He said: “Investing in education is essential to developing a skilled workforce for the future and accelerating economic growth and development.
“Entrenched poverty in any society often limit access to education and ultimately leads to an unending circle of poverty. This is why the government and other stakeholders in the private sector must provide the necessary resources to enhance qualitative education.
“Invariably, a more educated workforce leads to increased human capital development thus enhancing the prospects for better wages and more disposable income for consumer spending.”
The Governor maintained that Oyo State, under his leadership, has already taken up that challenge to invest more on education by alloting 22.3 percent of the state’s 2020 budget to education.
According to him, the decision underpinned the Government’s commitment to exploring education to break the poverty barrier and empower the people for a lifetime.
Governor Makinde pointed out that though the Government’s free qualitative education policy, provision of free textbooks and notebooks, provision of virtual textbooks for download, and the recent allocation of 22.37 per cent to education in the 2020, were positive investments, it was still facing challenges in the area of teacher recruitment, training and workforce development.
He called on the higher institutions of learning to concentrate more efforts on producing more graduates in the teaching profession, saying: “However, we are having challenges with teacher recruitment, training, and workforce development and would appreciate the support of our higher institutions of learning towards producing more graduates who will pursue the teaching profession as their career of first choice and not those who only find themselves in the teaching profession just to make ends meet. Our desire is to achieve the UNESCO recommendation of one teacher to thirty-five pupils, 1:35, in the not too distant future.”
Governor Makinde commended the strides already achieved by the Wesley University, noting that the 8thconvocation ceremony bore a great testament to the invaluable contributions the University had been making towards the development of skilled manpower for the various sectors of the Nigerian economy.
He added that the university community remained a critical stakeholder in the society, which must be seen to be actively engaging and working together with the government, as there is a compelling need for the gown to consistently collaborate with the town for development to take place.
He said: “No doubt the university community is a critical stakeholder in our society and must be seen to be actively engaging and working together with the government. In this regard, there is a compelling need for the gown to consistently collaborate with the town.
“Let me use the opportunity of this 8th Convocation Ceremony to commend the enviable strides that have been made by the Wesley University Ondo as one of the leading faith-based university of excellence in Nigeria. What we are witnessing today clearly attests to the invaluable contributions that you are making towards the development of skilled manpower for the various sectors of the Nigerian economy.
“May I also use this opportunity to challenge the authorities in this great citadel of learning to consistently build the content of your curriculum to mirror the changing realities in the global community in such a way that graduates have appropriate practical skills in their chosen field.
“Considering the limited opportunities for white collar jobs, what we critically need today is the nurturing of entrepreneurial skills among our youths, particularly those graduating from our universities.”
The Governor congratulated the graduating students, encouraging them to go into the society with a vision to make a difference.
COVID-19: Ibadan Poly rector advocates accurate information, as institutions prepare for resumption
The Rector of The Polytechnic, Ibadan (TPI), Professor Kazeem Adebiyi has advocated for keeping of up to date and accurate information as part of management’s efforts to curtail the dreaded Covid- 19 pandemic in our tertiary Institution.
Professor Adebiyi advocated this at a lecture he presented recently at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.
Adebiyi who presented a paper on staff/ staff relationship under new norms and values in Education Delivery after Covid -19 stressed the need for the Tertiary Institutions in the country to provide transparent communication in their day to day activities as part of the strategies to curtail the dreaded Covid- 19 pandemic.
He maintained that management of the institutions should as a rule listen to their staff and respond to concerns about their wellbeing.
The Rector, who also noted that the Management should organise ways to ease the burdens on their staff emphasised that attention must also be given to their mental health and well- being.
He averred that the closure of educational institutions as a preventive measure against the spread of Covid- 19 has affected the education, wellbeing and functioning of all parties involved and efforts must be made to curtail it by living with it safely.
Ibadan Poly sacks chief lecturer over alleged sexual misconduct
The management of The Polytechnic, Ibadan last Tuesday terminated the appointment of Mr. Ajadi Kelani Ojo Omotosho, a lecturer in the department of Urban and Regional Planning in the institution.
According to a statement signed by the institution’s Registrar/Secretary to the Council, Fawale M.T and made available to Mega Icon Magazine, the lecturer was shown the way out of the citadel of learning for his involvement in act of misconduct which resulted in “embarrassing and tarnishing the image” of The Polytechnic, Ibadan , his employer.
The letter of termination dated 15th September, 2020 , signed by Fawale M.T, the Registrar read, “You will recall that you were engaged in an inappropriate behavior and a poorly managed relationship with your former student. These resulted in embarrassing and tarnishing the image of your employer, The Polytechnic, Ibadan.
“You will also recall your responses and appearances before the investigation panel and senior staff disciplinary committee that looked into the above matters. After a careful consideration of the issues above, the Governing Council found you guilty as your actions and activities amount to misconduct.
“The Governing Council, therefore approved the immediate termination on your appointment with effect from Friday , 11th September,2020. “You are to handover all properties of the institution in your possession to your Head of Department”, the letter concluded.
‘Many of my classmates called me daddy and taught me law’ – Adeolu Akande
…completed law programme after four attempts
I wasn’t the oldest in the class. I think there were at least three persons in the Abuja Campus of the Law School who were above 70 years of age. I, however, belonged to a generation of students called “the Elders,” most of us in our 50s and 60s. I was inspired by many of the older gentlemen, especially those who had been Senators, Members of the House of Representatives, Permanent Secretaries, Ambassadors, and successful professionals – Accountants, Doctors, Engineers, Actors, Journalists, etc. It was an irony that each time some of my younger classmates told me I inspired them, coming to the Law School at my age, I, in turn, took my inspiration from those above 70 and successful men who were in the same class.
My interest in Law was spurred by my interest in politics and the fact that many of the personalities that inspired my interest in politics like Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola, Chief Bode Thomas were lawyers. My interest in Law deepened when I had opportunities to work in government (Federal and State), and from there, I concluded that knowledge of Law is a sine qua non for outstanding performance in government. As Chief of Staff to Governor Abiola Ajimobi, there were occasions when we had heated debates on issues. The governor would agree with my position but would end up accepting the counsel of the lawyers in the cabinet. His reasoning was always that if he followed my advice and there was a backlash, he would be left vulnerable. However, he could still take refuge in the fact that he followed the counsel of his lawyers, especially on matters bordering on legal issues. When the governor dissolved the cabinet in 2013, I resolved to go back to school and Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State offered me a serene, stimulating and comfortable environment to pursue my dream.
It was both challenging and fun attending classes with younger classmates. Many of them called me daddy, and I often found that amusing. Many of them were also quite helpful. I believe this new generation is smarter. They grasp issues much faster, and they are quicker to adapt. They have access to more information and can sustain discussions across many disciplines, having no boundaries between what the older generations classify as “serious” and “unserious”. For instance, they don’t regard versatility in music as a sign of unseriousness. I encountered many of the best students in the class who were nimble dancers and almost fanatical football fans, especially the English Premier League.
Midway into the session, I was astonished when they discussed issues of Law, and I began wondering whether we were in the same class! This inspired me, or more accurately, pressured me to work harder.
Many of them taught me the mathematics aspect of Law, particularly in Corporate Law and Property Law. Believe me, it is helpful when people who are younger than you teach you a subject. You feel challenged to work harder, especially when the one teaching you does not have the patience to repeat himself. One of them once told me, “Daddy, this thing is not as difficult as you make it look! I was slightly jolted, but I calmed down and jokingly told him to take it easy with daddy!
..I SUCCEEDED AFTER FOUR ATTEMPTS.
I feel fulfilled because I finally succeeded in finishing the law programme after four attempts. I had to withdraw after one year at the University of Ibadan because some of my colleagues wrote a petition that I was a full-time staff of the Nigerian Tribune, so I had no business enrolling for a full-time law programme. I would have finished in 2001. I tried a second time to run the programme in 2010 at Buckingham University in the United Kingdom, but family commitments made me abort the trip a few days to my departure. I did one year with the University of London External Degree programme in 2014 but opted out when it looked like the Council of Legal Education would not shift ground on not allowing correspondence students to attend the Nigerian Law School. I felt there was no point reading law if you would not appear as counsel in court.
Law School is tough. You work round the clock. You must achieve 75 percent class attendance. You must attend group meetings and complete the daily assignments. You must be well prepared for every class as you may be called to anwer questions in class and you will not want to disgrace yourself before more than a thousand classmates amongst who call you daddy. Failing the bar examination was no option. In truth, it crossed my mind a number of occasions that it was quite possible to flunk the final bar examination. I always shrugged it off and wished it away, but felt pressured to work harder. The only reward for hard work is more work, and I am glad it has ended in praise.
To God be the glory.
Professor Adeolu Akande is a Professor of Political Science and Public Administration.He chairs the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)
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