Category: Oyo State State Universal Basic Education Board

Era of Reliance on Federal Allocation Over Soon in Oyo—Makinde

…Says Govt ‘Il Kick Start Intervention Lesson for SS3 Students in Public Secondary Schools

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, said on Sunday that the era of going cap in hand to beg for Federal allocations would soon be over in the State.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the Governor as making the declaration during a thanksgiving service held at the Living Faith Church AKA Winners Chapel, Bashorun, Ibadan.

According to the statement, the Governor further stated that the idea of relying solely on federal allocations would soon be a thing of the past in Oyo State, as, according to him, the State’s Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) will be drastically improved through enhanced tax collection procedures.

“We want to ensure that the era of going cap in hands to Abuja to beg for allocation will soon be over in Oyo State,” he said.

The Governor also stated that his administration will continue to provide social amenities that will make the dividends of democracy get to all the people in all the nooks and crannies of the State.

“We want the people of Oyo State to be able to have dividends of democracy right on their doorsteps,” he added.

The Governor explained that his administration is rested on four pillars, which includes Education, Health, Security and Economic expansion through Agric value chain, adding that intervention lessons will soon be organised to assist the final year secondary school students in their WAEC and NECO examinations.

“The four cardinal programmes of this Government include education, that is why free and qualitative education has come to stay in Oyo State.

“For our WAEC Students, we should be starting intervention lessons for them shortly.

“We also want to fix our health care delivery system and to improve the security system, as we want all of us to operate in a secure environment, so that we can be safe to pursue our aspirations.”

Governor Makinde admonished the people of the State to keep praying for the success of his administration, adding that he will always lead with the fear of God.

The Governor noted that prayers were necessary, stating that except God builds the house, those putting the structures together work but in vain.

The Governor read from Psalms 127 vs 1 to buttress his submission.

He further said: “It has been five months since we were sworn-in and there has been tremendous support from the people of Oyo State and the Church in particular.

“I can tell you with all I have seen so far, without your prayers nobody can even survive one week on that seat because it is a hot seat.”

“I have had to go to the State Secretariat at 2 a.m. to check the security situation

“Also, sometimes I go out in the middle of the night to check the road being constructed and to know whether people of Oyo State sleep with their two eyes closed each time.

“I realised that except you hand over this State to God to help us, you will just be moving in circles.”

In his sermon, Bishop Thomas Aremu commended the Governor for introducing free education, saying that he was a product of free education.

He urged the Governor to intensify efforts on the collection of taxes so that the Government will get enough funds to execute the free education policy.

“I pray that our God will bless your Government with more resources and I also urge you to take note of tax collection. I regularly remit my PAYE tax even though it is being paid to Ogun State. I still make sure I pay to Oyo State since I am resident here. I urge our people to also pay taxes regularly so that Government can have funds to execute its projects, ” the Bishop said.

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Oyo Govt Charges Enrollment Drive Committee on Basic Education

Oyo State Government has charged members of the newly inaugurated committee on enrollment drive to facilitate enrollment, retention and completion of Basic Education in the State.

The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran said this on Wednesday during the inauguration of an Eleven-man committee on Enrollment Drive Campaign, held at Ibadan.

The Chairman said this would ease the achievement of effective implementation of Better Education Service Delivery for All in Oyo State, saying Government through the committee would embark on an intensive mobilization drive of policy makers, Parents, Community leaders and other stakeholders.

Dr. Adeniran revealed that inauguration of the committee is in tandem with the directives of Federal Government, Universal Basic Education Commission and UNICEF on the implementation on free basic education in the country.

Speaking on the importance of the enrolment drive to the World Bank supported Better Education Service Delivery for All project, Dr. Adeniran noted that the drive would serve as a foundation on which BESDA’s success would be built.

“The Enrolment drive is geared towards addressing the out-of-school-children phenomenon in the State. This will create needed awareness on the need to address out-of-school-children in the State, this drive would adopt different strategies targeted at communities in the State, so as to increase enrolment in Public schools”.

He expressed optimism that the committee would key into Government’s intensive efforts to initiate fundamental reforms in the basic education sector of the State, adding that every out-of-school child must return to school.

Dr. Adeniran further urged the committee to deploy their expertise in various fields to execute the task ahead, by putting in necessary resources for concerted actions towards achieving desired results in the State.

While he opined that the current situation of out-of-school children in Oyo State was not encouraging with a percentage of 18.2 in the South West, the Chairman expressed confidence that the Enrolment Drive Committee would mobilize all stakeholders in returning these children back to school.

The Committee comprises of the UBEC South West Co-ordinator, UBEC State Co-ordinator, a representative of Ministry of Education Science and Technology, three members of management team of Oyo SUBEB, a representative of Christian faith, a representative of Islamic faith and a representative of School Based Management Committee.

 

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Out-of-School Children: Oyo Returns 43% Back to Class

….Reintroduces Boarding System For Public Schools

Oyo State Government has disclosed that the State has returned 43% of its out-of-school children population back to class and working towards mopping the rest of the population outside classroom back before the end of the year.

The disclosure was made at the weekend by the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Kehinde Sangodoyin at the launching and dedication of projects embarked upon by Old Students of Ibadan City Academy, Ibadan.

Sangodoyin hinted that the State would leave no stone unturned in its move to provide qualitative education without financial burden on parents and guardians and has perfected all preparations towards reintroducing boarding system to public schools while 64,000 units of furniture would soon be distributed to all public schools in the State.

He added that teachers on level sixteen to seventeen would assume the title of ‘Tutor Generals’ while Government would start paying running cost for the upkeep of public schools from Monday September 30th 2019.

“Parts of the State education policy is to improve access and participation of our students in academic activities at all levels, be it primary or secondary and since the Governor has removed levies hitherto paid by our students and has just approved the payment of running cost to our primary and secondary schools. Also we are equally working on providing furniture to schools. 64,000 units will soon be distributed to all schools across the State.

“On the out-of-school children, I can assure you that we have 43% of the students back in the classrooms now and we are working to get them all back. We have a plan towards sensitizing the parents and facilitate procedures of mopping the rest of the number back to school from the street and to achieve this, we are going to work with SUBEB and UBEC to actualize this goal.

“We are engaging all stakeholders, volunteers, traditional council, leaders of thought and the media to counsel the children wherever they may be found so that they will see the beauty of being back to school for the good of their own future.

“Plans are underway to provide them with uniform, we have free textbooks and notebooks and we are supplying them with feeding to retain their interest after getting them back totally. We all know that poverty contributed to the cause of their being outside the school and these items are the major needs that will make them come to school and stay.

“Engr. Seyi Makinde has proved himself and his administration that he does not bluff. He talks and back his talk with actions and this has been exhibited in his stride in education, security, health and workers welfare among other things.”

The Commissioner enjoined school administrators to cooperate with Government in the area of policy actualization, warning them not to collect money from students for the free textbooks and notebooks provided by Government.

The President-General of Ibadan City Academy Old Students’ Association (ICAOSA), Chief Richard Titiloye commended the State Government for the attention given to quality education, adding that corporate bodies and school alumni should do more to support Government.

Titiloye listed the achievements of the school alumni to include renovation of Physics, Chemistry, Biology laboratories, the school library and staff rooms.

He said the body earlier renovated fifteen classrooms in the school, dug a borehole, employed six teachers, five security staffers and organized training for teachers in the school and gave scholarship to brilliant but indigent students.

“Today we are marching on with our vision to bring back the lost glory of Ibadan City Academy. I know it is not an easy task, inevitably, we will require the full cooperation of the State Government to achieve our goals. Our efforts so far as Old Students are visible and quantifiable. Despite the challenging economic times, we believe our continued investment in the development of students and teachers of the school will move our school to greater academic height in no distant future,” he opined.

Ibadan City Academy was established by a late Ibadan philantropist, Chief Timothy Lajide Oyesina on the 6th February !946 and named Ibadan Commercial Academy and was renamed Ibadan City Academy in 1960.

 

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner, 

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

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Oyo Govt. to Build New Model Schools in 3 Senatorial Districts

Oyo State Government has revealed that it would construct five new Model schools across the three senatorial districts, saying this is in line with the 2018 intervention project in conjunction with Federal Government-Universal Basic Education Board.

This was stated today by the Chairman of Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (OyoSUBEB), Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran during a prequalification exercise for the 2018 FGN-UBEC/OYOSUBEB intervention projects held in Ibadan.

He added that the projects would be awarded to qualified contractors among the 76 applicants who applied for the pre-qualification exercise.

The Chairman, further said the beneficiary schools would be Methodist Primary School, Bodija, in Ibadan North Local Government Area; St. Paul’s Primary school, Yanbule, in Ibadan North East Local Government Area.

Others are Methodist Primary School, Arowomole, Ogbomosho South; Community Primary School, Airport, Ona-Ara LGA and Muslim Grammar (Jnr) School, Odinjo, Oluyole Local Government Area.

Dr. Adeniran affirmed that the present administration would ensure equity, fairness and objectivity in the award of these contracts.

“The anomalies observed in the award of contracts by the last administration through awards of 64 and 72 projects to a single contractor is a thing of the past, as our administration is guided by fairness, equity, transparency and accountability”, he said.

He commended Governor Seyi Makinde for his bid to enhance education delivery and access to basic education in the State.

Dr. Adeniran noted that this is made manifest through the Governor’s immediate intervention in the education sector through budgetary increment of the sector.

He also reiterated Government’s determination to terminate payment of legal and illegal fees in public schools, adding that the newly introduced extra-mural classes for JSS3 and SS3 students would improve the academic performances of the students tremendously.

The event was witnessed by the State coordinator, UBEC, Dr. Lydia Gbagi, representatives of Oyo State’s Due Process office, Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Civil societies and contractors.

 

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner,

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

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Oyo Govt Declares War Against Vandals

Oyo State Government has declared war on those who sabotaged some of the newly constructed Model Schools in the State, saying the present administration will treat them as saboteurs who maliciously damaged Government properties.

This was stated today, through the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran in Ibadan.

Speaking on the destruction of properties at a new Model School completed by the State Government in Ibadan, the Governor promised that when caught, perpetrators of such acts would be punished with extreme severity, regardless of their political affinity.

While he affirmed that the State Government, through the Board would not take with levity any vandalization on any of its properties built for the good use of pupils, he also called on Communities leaders to commit themselves into securing such properties built within their communities.

He promised that Government would carry out all necessary inquiries into what led to the destruction of items in the said school, saying the State Government is not a toothless dog who would not bite offenders.

Dr. Adeniran also said this administration will put an end to vandals’ pandemic in the State, adding that Government would put in place stiff security measures to guard schools and ensure rigid penalties for offending teachers and staff members who aid such primordial sentiments against Government.

“It is unfortunate that these deliberate destructive acts on one of our Model schools reportedly were aided by some teachers and staff members of the school, but let me assure you that this administration would tackle the menace of thuggery among our teachers in the interest of our children”, he said.

“This Government frowns at such shameful act and we promise to fish out those who master-minded this. As a Government, we will not allow anybody mortgage the future of our children, for their selfish interests”, he added.

He stressed further that the Governor-Seyi-Makinde led administration would not spare any penny in ensuring that pupils in the State enjoy free and quality education at no cost to their parents.

Dr. Adeniran avowed that the State Government would not back down on its core proposal to reform the public education system in the State.

 

 

Olamide Adeniji,

Media Officer to the Executive Chairman,

Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board,

Oyo State.

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Oyo to Shut Illegal Schools

…as enrollment in public schools increase

Oyo State Government has promised to clamp down on illegal private primary schools operating within the State, saying that a taskforce would be set up in earnest to address the menace.

The development was made known to newsmen on Monday by the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, during an inspection of schools in the State capital.

Adeniran revealed that the State Government without further delay, would set up a task force, to be spearheaded by Oyo State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, in collaboration with Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board.

He said the Task-force would close down all mushroom private schools endangering quality in the education sector in the State.

Dr. Adeniran however charged parents and Guardians to enrol their children and wards in Public Schools, noting that the free education policy by Governor Seyi Makinde was already yielding positive results in schools in the 2019 academic session.

“Looking at the influx of new intakes in public schools today, being the first day of resumption, it is apparent that Governor Seyi Makinde’s free-education policy is yielding good fruits in the State.

“It is highly important that those private primary and secondary schools be put under searchlight to know those operating without Government approval and monitoring.

“We will henceforth close such schools found within the State,” he said.

The Chairman expressed Government’s readiness to place public schools as favourable competitors with Private Schools, saying Government was working assiduously on provision of basic amenities needed by both teachers and students across the State.

He stressed that Governor-Seyi-Makinde- led administration demands maximum cooperation from all stakeholders in the sector, while the Government would commit every necessary resource in achieving quality education in the State.

He further pledged Government’s commitment to returning schools’ grants and renovation of bad school infrastructures in schools.

The SUBEB Chairman and his team visited include, People’s Primary School, Adeoyo, St. Williams School, Oke-Ado, AUD School, Foko, Islamic Primary School, Bode; St. David Primary School, Kudeti.

Others schools visited include I.M.G Primary Schools, Orita-Aperin and Ode-Aje, Ikolaba Community Primary School, Methodist Primary School, Bodija, and Methodist Primary School, Mokola.

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner, 

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government

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Oyo Schools resume on Monday 16th Sept. 2019

All schools In Oyo state resume on Monday 16th September 2019 for 2019/2020 Academic session,all schools are expected to be in schools from 8a.m while the teachers and students are to start the academic work immediately.

The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology,Prof.Dahud Kehinde Shangodoyin disclose this during an Interview in his office.

The Commissioner disclosed further that quality education is one of the present administrations commitment and therefore encouraged them to work hard by preparing the students for excellent performance.

He also warned the teachers to desist from collecting a dime from any parents or students for anything.
Prof.Shangodoyin also appealled to the parents to be alive to their responsibilities which would make the children become valuable assets to both the parents and government in future.

The Commissioner re emphasized that the present administration is working assiduously to bring back the glory of education in the state and therefore enjoined the teachers to partner with the Government to achieve its goals in educational development.

Titi Adeyemi
Media Officer

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