Aregbesola Appoints New Tutor-General For Osun Central

The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has approved the appointment of Mr. Anthony Okunola Famoriyo as the new Permanent Secretary/ Tutor-General of Osun Central Education District to replace the incumbent, Mr. Bunmi Obisesan who is retiring from the public service in November 14, 2017.

Mr. Anthony Okunola Famoriyo until his appointment is the Principal, Saint Charles High School, Osogbo.

In a press release by the Head of Service, Dr. Festus Olowogboyega Oyebade, the new Tutor-General was selected owing to his experience
and dedication to work, apart from the fact that, he performed creditably well during the written and oral selection processes
earlier carried out.

The statement added that, the appointment of Mr. Famoriyo is in line with Governor Aregbesola’s determination to re-position the state of education in the State.

The statement congratulated the new Tutor-General, wishing him a fruitful stay in office.

Be Self Reliance, Fayose Tells Students

The Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose has distributed garment making and snacks production equipment worth millions of Naira to some selected secondary schools in order to make the students self reliant in the future.

The event which was held at Olaoluwa Muslim Grammar School Ado Ekiti had in attendance stakeholders in the education sector.

Governor Fayose, represented by his deputy, Prof Kolapo Olusola, in his key note address, said that the essence of the school enterprise programme was to allow the students become job creators rather than job seekers after leaving school.

He noted that the programme when established in all the secondary schools, Ekiti students would be an asset rather than liability in the labour market.

Governor Fayose advised the students to take the practical aspect of their training seriously, he called on the teachers to ensure the safety and maintenace of the equipment.

On his part, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Jide Egunjobi explained that functional education had become the order of the day all over the world.

Also, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Kumbi Obaisi lauded the state government’s idea of making Ekiti students self reliant through acquisition of special skills.

The high point of the occasion was the distribution of the equipment to the benefiting schools.

Some of the benefiting schools included Aramoko District Grammer School, Aramoko Ekiti., Eleyo High School, Ikere Ekiti, Ogotun High School, Ogotun Ekiti, Ara Comprehensive High School, Ara Ekiti. Others are Edu Comprehensive High School Erio Ekiti, Babatope Memorial High School, Ikoro Ekiti, Omuo Comprehensive High School Omuo Ekiti, Ayede Grammer School, Ayede Ekiti. Igogo Community High School Igogo Ekiti and others.

So far, thirty seven Secondary Schools have benefited from the distribution of garment making and snacks production equipment under the School Agric and Entrepreneurship Agency.

Group Accuses Fayemi As Brain Behind Kaduna’s 20,000 Teachers Sack

Former Governor of Ekiti State and incumbent Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi has been fingered as the brain behind the Competency Test organized for teachers in Kaduna State, which has put the jobs of over 20,000 teachers in the State on the line.

Northern Youths Movement (NYM), which made this known in a release issued after its meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, warned the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai against going ahead with his threat to sack over 20,000 teachers that purportedly failed the competency test.

NYM Chairman, Mallam Ishaya Jato, said in a communique he signed on behalf the youths that it was Dr Kayode Fayemi who brought the consultant that conducted the competency test, which they said was done purposely to reduce the number of teachers in Kaduna State and also raise money for his (Fayemi) governorship election.

Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna state had expressed his resolve to go ahead with the planned sack of over 20,000 teachers who failed a controversial competency test organised by the government. He said his administration will not be blackmailed by threats from the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) that vowed to down tools if the government sacked its members.

The governor went further to say that recruitment plans for new teachers had already been put in motion. In their reaction, youths under the umbrella of NYM said it was Fayemi, who is a close ally of Governor El-Rufai that sold the idea of the competency test to the governor and went on to provide the consultant that conducted the test.

They alleged that over N500 million was made from the competency test deal, which they said was also aimed at raising fund for Fayemi’s electioneering campaign in 2018.

The NYM also raised the alarm that idea of the competency test was already being sold to other northern states, accusing Fayemi of trying to destroy the educational system in the north, with Teachers Competency Test that they said Ekiti State Teachers resisted when Fayemi tried to impose it on them when he was governor.

They vowed to report the Minister of Mines and Steel Development to President Muhammadu Buhari and other notable northern leaders.

Calling on teachers in Kaduna State to resist Governor El-Rufai’s plan to sack over 20,000 of them, the youths pledged their support for the teachers, vowing to join in the fight against the governor’s plan to destroy the lives of over 20,000 families by throwing their bread-winners into the labour market.

Four Amnesty Delegates Clinch First Class At Malaysia Varsity

Following the excellent academic performance by four graduating students under ‍the Presidential Amnesty Programme at Linton University College, Malaysia an affiliate of Leeds Beckett, Coventry and University of East London, both in the United Kingdom (UK); the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd) has again stressed the relevance of higher education to peace and development.

Represented by senior reintegration officer of the Amnesty office, Mr. Jude Gbaboyor, at the 13th convocation of Linton University College, Malaysia, on Tuesday (October 31, 2017), Gen. Boroh reiterated the commitment of the Buhari led federal government to the sustainability of peace and stability of the Niger Delta region.

He pointed out that the Presidential Amnesty Office is focusing on capacity development of the youths, particularly the ex-agitators, as part of concerted efforts towards reintegrating them back to their original communities with sustainable sources of livelihood through various empowerment packages.

Mr. Bralatei Pastor, a delegate, who spoke on behalf his colleagues, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for sustaining the programme, even as he applauded Gen. Boroh for his pragmatic empowerment initiatives for beneficiaries of the programme, saying that they would reciprocate the federal government’s good gesture by being good ambassadors of the programme.

A total of 36 delegates from the Presidential Amnesty programme graduated, among whom four of them clinched First Class Hons, eight 2nd Class Upper Division, with eighteen 2nd Class Lower Division and one 3rd Class.

The delegates that made First Class Hons, are: Agbainfo Yerin (Civil Engineering), Ariri Otegha Joseph (Civil Engineering), Briggs Alaye Frank (Computer Science) and Tamunosaki Awolayeofori (Civil Engineering).

No Going back On Free Education Programme - Ondo Govt.

The Ondo State Government said yesterday that it has not abolished free education.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Information and Orientation Commissioner, Mr Yemi Olowolabi, which was made available to The Hope.

It said: “Following the release of the communique from the Education Summit, held between Thursday 26 and Friday 27, October 2017, the Ondo State government wishes to state:

“That the communique from the summit is as a result of the summary of the views of all the stakeholders in the education sector in the state.

“That over 2,000 stakeholders, drawn from all walks of life, including teachers, parents, PTA, faith-based organisations, ANCOPPS, VCs, NUT, SUBEB, UNICEF and ASUU among several others, participated in the two-day summit.

“That, it is expected that at the end of any summit, there is a communique, but it should be noted that the communique from the summit is not yet the position of government or government policy.

“ Expectedly,  the state Commissioner for Education, whose ministry organised the summit, will ultimately present the Communique to the State Executive Council (SEC), where every point in it will be thoroughly discussed and debated before government takes a position.

“Therefore, the flurry of criticisms and commendations that have greeted the release of the communique are hasty and premature.

“Government wishes to state that it has not abolished free education in Ondo State and asks the people to remain calm until the State Executive Council appraises all the points raised in the communique.”

Meanwhile the State House of Assembly has declared that the communique was just a report of what transpired at the summit but not a government policy.

After exhaustive deliberation yesterday, the House therefore came up with a resolution read by the speaker, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun that, “the communique was just a report of what transpired at the summit but not a government policy.”

On his part, the Chairman, House Committee on Education, Hon. Olusegun  Ajimotokin posited that the communiqué was just a report of what transpired at the Education Summit and not a government policy.

It would be recalled that the State Government convened an Education Summit held between Thursday 26 and Friday 27, October 2017, with a view to repositioning the sector for better performance.

Obaseki To Address Shortage Of Teachers, Lauds Igbanke Forum

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said the state government is taking decisive steps to solve the problem of shortage of teachers in some schools in the state.

Obaseki made the disclosure at Igbanke in Orhionmwon Local Government Area of the state, when Igbanke Unity Forum (IUF), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), donated 4,500 branded exercise books to three schools in the area, at the weekend.

Governor Obaseki, represented by the Commissioner for Education, Hon. Christopher Adesotu, said though the shortage of school teachers was not peculiar to Igbanke, the state government has set the machinery in motion to address the matter.

He said his administration appreciates the partnership with NGOs, corporate bodies, and old students’ associations, adding that such collaboration helps in checking the challenges in the educational sector.

Adesotu said Obaseki’s administration has a strong commitment to revamp basic education in the state, and lauded the philanthropic gesture of IUF members in giving back to their community.

Spokesman for the group, Edomaruse Collins said the forum has over 4,000 members spread across the world and its membership is open to indigenes of Igbanke only.

“IUF embarked on this project as a deliberate move to support your government’s bold steps so far taken to revamp the state’s basic education. No government, no matter how benevolent, can single-handedly provide all the educational needs of its citizens”.

He said members of the IUF are motivated to contribute their quota to the development of schools in Igbanke because they were uncomfortable with the state of some of the schools.

He said the books are for three schools in Igbanke, which include, Igbanke Grammar School; Igbanke Mixed Secondary School and Omolua Mixed Secondary School.

He appealed to the state government to fix the decrepit school buildings as well as address the shortage of teachers in the three schools as the ratio of teachers to students was not encouraging.

Gov Bello Denies Plan To Sack Primary School Teachers

Niger State governor, Abubakar Bello has said there is no plan by the government to sack primary school teachers in the state service.

The governor stated this after inspecting the newly established Niger State Professional Teachers Development Institute at Maraban Dandaudu, in Muyan Local Government area of the state.

He denied the reports that the state government is planning to downsize teachers in primary schools after he said many of the teachers in public schools, especially in rural areas are using fake certificates.

The Niger state government is embarking on establishing Professional Teachers Development Institutes in all the three senatorial districts of the state to help in producing qualified teachers in public schools.

The first of such institute has been established at Mararaban Dandaudu in Munya Local government area.

Aregbesola’s Achievements In Education Are Indelible, Says Ooni

As the billion naira project of Ilesa Government High School was commissioned, Ooni of Ife and Aromolaran have commended the revolution brought by Aregbesola led administration to education sector in Osun state.

These commendations were made by the frontline monarchs at the commissioning ceremony of what has been described as monumental in the history of education in Nigeria.

Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Owa Obokun Adinmula of Ijesaland, Oba Gabriel Aromolaran were among other dignitaries that graced the occasion.

Ooni who spoke passionately while addressing the audience at the ceremony said the huge investment of the administration would speak for decades particularly as it affects the generation yet unborn.

He said,” No matter how disdainful anyone is to this administration; if such person sees what is dedicated on these structure such person will doff his or her cap for the tenets and dedication employed on Osun education system.”

Oba Aromonlaran posited that many Universities in the Africa can’t match Ilesa Government High School in terms of facilities.

He expressed his appreciation to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for painstakingly revamping education sector by making State of Osun to compete with developed world in infrastructure.

He said, “I am impressed with what is built in this community and I must confessed that the honour been given to me to commission this edifice as a landmark to my 80th birthday is so humbling.

In Aregbesola’s speech titled: “The Making of the Educated Person,” the Governor, said the state now has public schools that can compete favourably with the best in the world and are the ones to beat in the country.

Aregbesola said the provision of these new school buildings is in fulfilment of his administration’s promise to provide functional education to the children in the state.

He said, “All these are in fulfilment of our promise to provide functional basic education. This stems from our conviction that every child is owed basic education. It is a fundamental and inalienable right of every child. We have gone to this length and committed such huge amount on education because we are preparing for the future.

“This includes the capacity to observe, understand and make sense out of nature, creation and one’s environment in the most basic form. To write means also that one can graphically reproduce one’s thought, observations, ideas and received knowledge in clear, free flowing prose, in at least one language.

“We are therefore developing the new literate man, a man not just for himself but for the collective, who sees his own existence and value in light of other members of the society.

“We have seen the future. Before our very eyes, advances in science and technology are changing our world and in the foreseeable future, we will see that those who are not well educated will be onlookers and will have no place in it.

“Generally, the world is increasingly being defined and controlled by those who can think and bear their intellect on matter and any situation. The possibilities therefore look infinite for them.”

According to the Governor, the new schools are capable of training the new minds for the new world driven by technology, saying any society without this vision is going to be backward and dependent when this future arrives.

He noted that the 11 high schools, will each graduate 11,000 students every year and in the space of 10 years, they would have turned out 110,000 first set of students and in the next 50 years, it would be 550,000 world beaters, occupying strategic positions nationally and globally. This is our vision.

He made a clarion call to the parents and teacher to do all within their reach to sustain the love of education he has for education.

He said “As a government, we have played our own part very well and we will do more if the need should arise. It is now left for parents and teachers to do their own part. Parents should provide the right examples to their children at home.

“They should let them realise the importance of education and that there is no reliable future outside of it.

“They should therefore prepare their children for school at the right time, help them dress properly and acceptably and prevent them from truancy.”

Similarly, Aregbesola officially unveiled the Citizens Identification Initiative Cards called “Omoluabi Cards” to be distributed to citizens in the State.

Mr. Jayeoba Alagbada who is the Commissioner for Commerce, Cooperative and Empowerment in the state, spoke extensively on the card. He disclosed that the residency smart card initiative popularly known as “Kaadi Omoluabi” is an initiative that will further move government closer to the people.

He noted that the introduction and distribution of “Kaadi Omoluabi” would go a long way to assist the government in the collation of data of the residents for appropriate allocation of resources and implementation of pro-masses policies.

According to him, the Omoluabi Card will serve as a remarkable socio-economic drive as it will in no doubt provide government accurate information on the population of the people residing in the state as well as their needs.

He said about 230,322 from public elementary schools have been captured in the first phase which was completed in 2014 and the registration of students in middle and high school have commenced. He added that more than 409,664 adults had been enrolled, with their validation in progress.

He said, “This card will help to determine the population strength, population density within and outside a demographic composition with the aim of providing the required needs of the populace.

“I have confidence in the fact that the card initiative would further add values to the economy of the state as the socio-economic landscape of the state will be greatly impacted.”

Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Wasiu Kolawole Omotunde-Young, described the commissioning of high school as another milestone in the efforts of the government to lay solid and enduring foundation for ‘Functional Education’ in the State.

He said government is proud to commission this newly built world class school, comparable to any of its peers from the best parts of the world.

“Promoting functional education is one of the six–Point Integral Action plans of Aregbesola’s pact with the people of the state of Osun.  Government inherited an appalling Education System, which led to the conveyance of a state Education Summit in February 2011, which provided the Blueprint for repositioning the education sector in Osun.

“This school is the second of its specific types built with most modern prefabricated steel and cladding – after Osogbo Government High School – and the fifth of the world class schools to be commissioned,” Omotunde-Young said.

Omotunde-Young, while enumerating some of the facilities in the new school said the hall has storage for equipments, utility storage, a stage, office space, storage for documents, 4 female toilets and 4 male toilets.

“Sports is not left behind as the school can boast of an Olympic-sized football field, 7-lane sprinting tracks for 100 meters and 400 meters events, a pavilion and an outdoor basketball court that doubles as tennis court.

Also equipped with stand-alone transformer for electricity and a borehole, the school cost N1.3 billion, including the cost of furnishing, landscape and electronic boards.

Also, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salam who led other legislators to the ceremony, said, “Some miserable opposition has been saying that we are rubber stamp legislator. I want to put it on record that if building multimillion projects for the society to use is what made us to be rubber stamp, we agreed to be one, if building structures like this for our Elementary, Middle and High schools is what made us to be rubber stamp we also agreed.

He promised the Governor to give him more support as a legislator in achieving his goals as it unfolds.

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