Ogun Govt. Commits To Education Development

Ogun Govt. Commits To Education DevelopmentThe Ogun State Government has expressed its resolve to continue to invest reasonably in education, in order to reposition the sector and improve human capital development index of the state.

The state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Modupe Mujota, stated this at the 11th Matriculation Ceremony of the Ogun State Institute of Technology, Igbesa in Ado-Ota/Ota Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner also affirmed that providing quality education for people of the state remains top in government’s agenda.

She congratulated the new students on their admission, tasking them to take optimal advantage of the opportunity at their disposal to pursue their dreams.

Mrs Mujota informed them that their grades at the end of their studies would be determined by their performances from the beginning of the session.

“The grades you will make will be determined by your performance from this very beginning and your ultimate grace is a potential key to unlock opportunities in the labour market”, she advised.

Also addressing the new students, Rector of the Institute, Mrs Funke Akinkurolere, advised them to adhere strictly to the rules and regulations of the institution, as it would not condone indiscipline or any act that could undermine the integrity of the school.

The establishment of Science and Technical Colleges across the three senatorial districts of Ogun State is to produce middle level man-power and make the students become self-reliant upon graduation.

Ogun Govt. Canvasses Incorporation Of Security Studies In Schools

Ogun State Recalls Sacked, Suspended WorkersThe Ogun state government has called for the incorporation of security studies and intelligence gathering in the curriculum of schools in the state, to inculcate the habit of security consciousness in pupils even at their younger age.

The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Modupe Mujota, made the call in Abeokuta, the state capital, while playing host to the Provost, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, College of Security Management, Mrs Rachael Awosusi.

She stated that the Corps would be a strong partner in promoting the new curriculum in the school with a view to broadening the horizon of the younger generation on security consciousness.

On her part, Mrs Awosusi said the purpose of the visit was to familiarise with the top management of the ministry and also see areas where they could work together, while assuring that the corps would continue to promote security and its consciousness among students in the state.

Mrs Mujota, further revealed that the ministry was already contemplating a training programme on intelligence gathering and information management for its staff in the college.

She also lauded the corps for providing security during the summer camp held in 2016, at Akin Ogunpoola Model College, Akinale in Ewekoro Local Government Area.

Gov Dickson Challenges Scholarship Beneficiaries On Excellence

Seriake Dickson Challenges Scholarship Beneficiaries On ExcellenceBayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has tasked beneficiaries of his scholarship scheme on hard work and excellence.

Governor Dickson asked the beneficiaries of the Restoration Scholarship Programme to be worthy ambassadors of the state and Ijaw nation by excelling in their academic pursuits.

He made the called when he paid an unscheduled visit to the Teachers’ Training Academy, Bulu Orua, where the students were temporarily accommodated.

Addressing the students, the governor described the project as a flagship for the model secondary school vision.

He assured the students that upon resumption from their mid-term break, they would kick off academic activities at the Ijaw National Academy, Kaiama in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state in south-south Nigeria.

“This school is expected to accommodate 1000 students and my administration will provide the necessary equipment to enable the school function optimally in line with international standards,” said Governor Dickson.

While urging the scholarship beneficiaries not to allow any obstacle to truncate their dreams, he asked them to remain focused on their studies to justify the huge investment the government has made in the education sector.

In his remarks, the Commissioner for Education, Markson Fefegha, explained that the State Government was nurturing a new crop of leaders in various fields of human endeavour.

He revealed that the government has so far invested about 40 billion Naira in the development of educational infrastructure and scholarship schemes, which he said was a demonstration of Governor Dickson’s passion for education.

Principal of the Demonstration Secondary School, Bulu Orua, Mrs Violet Mama, applauded the State Government for establishing and equipping the school with requisite facilities.

She said the school has recorded some successes, one of which was the emergence of the Deputy Senior Prefect, Ekede Majesty, as the winner of the Essay Writing competition.

Yobe Govt. Approves 3.7bn Naira For Education, Others

Yobe Govt. Approves 3.7bn Naira For Education, OthersThe Yobe state government has released N3.7 billion Naira for various capital projects in the state.

The decision was reached at the end of an executive council meeting held in Damaturu the state capital

Briefing journalists at the end of the meeting, the state’s Commissioner of Information, Aji Bularafa said the projects are in the area of education, health, security and others.

Education received the lion share of the disbursement as disclosed by Mr Aji Bularafa.

He said 1.1 billion naira is earmarked for the renovation and reconstruction of one secondary school in each senatorial zones of the state.

Benefiting schools according to him include; GSS Yunusari, Fika and Gwio-kura.

But the mind boggling issue on the award of the contract is none of the schools destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents was listed for the repair.

The Commissioner for Education, Mohammed Lamin, clarified: “We did not earmark any of the schools destroyed by the insurgents because the presidential taskforce on the rehabilitation of the northeast as well as the Victims Support Fund (VSF) among other non-governmental organizations have set aside the schools destroyed by the insurgents for rehabilitation and reconstruction

“It will be very unwise of us to still invest in such schools. Hence its better and wiser we invest in other school across the state that is why we selected one school in each of the senatorial zones of the state for such repairs” the Commissioner said. .

Mr Aji Bularafa also disclosed that the council approved the payment of tuition in respect of 836 government sponsored students in Nigeria Turkish international colleges in Mamudo, Kano, Kaduna and Abuja at the total cost of N971 million.

The council, according to him, ratified the approval for the payment of compensation of land acquired for building of 233 Battalion Barrack situated along the Maiduguri Kano express highway at the cost of N191 million.

“The council ratified the approval for the payment of compensation of land acquired for building of 233 Nigeria Army Battalion Barracks in Damaturu along Potiskum road at the cost of N191 million as well as ratified the approval for the rehabilitation of the blown off Katarko bridge along Damaturu- Biu road by Boko Haram insurgents at the cost of N170 million naira”

He said the council has also ratified the supply and installation of household furniture at the newly completed staff quarters of the 200-bed ultra-modern hospital in Damaturu at the cost of N76 million as it also awarded the supply and installation of 165 units of solar street lights at 200-bed ultra-modern hospital and the state specialist hospital in Damaturu

The Commissioner further revealed that the council has deliberated on accessing stabilization fund from Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission and appointment of consultants to provide services to the state government to access the fund.

Students, Lecturers In Protest Over Closed Osun College Of Education

osun, lecturers, students,Lecturers of the Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun, are calling for the dissolution of the Governing Council, which has led to a closure of the institution and threats by students to cause chaos if the school is not re-opened in a week.

The crisis, which appears to be rocking the management and staff of the school, on grounds of misappropriation and mismanagement of funds, is taking a new dimension.

The issue began when about 72 workers were laid off on the recommendation of the chairman of the ‎Governing Council of the institution, Mr Oyeniyi Akande and ever since, management and staff have been at loggerheads.

Also, members of Staff accused the council of misappropriation of the school’s funds, particularly the allocation of 107 million Naira disbursed for building the Amphil Theatre; a project which they said had been at its foundation stage for about three years now.

Few weeks back, the workers stormed the assembly complex, with chants and placards calling for the removal of Mr Akande and other members of the council.

Subsequently, the workers decided to take their plight to God, as they were reportedly gathered at the institution’s premises praying for divine intervention.

Students, who seem to be more at the receiving end, complained that they were no longer comfortable with the crisis, as it had delayed the academic year.

They warned that they could be forced to create chaos if the school was not reopened to finish the first semester.

The Osun State government has, however, appealed to the students, to give them time to wade into the crisis while the State House of Assembly, said status quo should be maintained until the governor gives his verdict.

The chairman of the Governing Council and the Commissioner For Education, Titilayo Tomori-laoye, refused to speak on the matter.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the State House Of Assembly, Honorable Najeem Salaam, said the House had decided to take up the matter and ensure amicable resolution to hasten the reopening of the institution.

 

Edo Govt. Refutes Allegations Of Fund Misuse By Edo APC

Edo Govt., Edo APCEdo State Commissioner for Education, Gideon Obhakhan, has debunked allegations by the Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the Edo Govt. has misappropriated some funds.

Mr Obhakhan, stated the position of government on the matter during an interview with Channels Television in Benin City, the Edo state capital.

He said that the issues raised by the PDP were politically motivated and could not be proven.

The Chairman of Edo PDP, Dan Orbih, had earlier accused the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole of awarding contracts for projects in Edo State University, Iyamho without following due process.

Unpaid Salaries: Kwara Workers Agree On Verification Exercise

KwaraThe workers in Kwara State have agreed that the government could embark on verification of staff in order to find a lasting solution to lingering salary arrears.

The agreement on verification of staff is to fish out ghost workers while the government is expected to urgently find means to pay the salary arrears before the commencement of the verification exercise.

The pact was reached on Monday during an interactive session held in Ilorin between Kwara State and the civil servants which include the teachers and local government staff.

The Commissioner for Education, Musa Yeketi, had pleaded with the workers to feel free to air their views and suggestions on how to move the state forward, assuring them that nobody would be punished for airing his mind or agitations.

Some of the teachers and local government staff lamented the hardship they have been going through due to lack of salary arrears.

The Commissioner for Finance, Demola Baanu, then gave a hint of the economic situation of the state which he said was not peculiar to Kwara State alone.

He urged the workers to be patient as the government was making effort to cushion the effect of salary arrears by embarking on headcount, increasing the internally generated revenue and exploring other options to ensure the availability of funds.

One of the teachers, Abdulkareem Babatunde, highlighted other arrears for government to get money to offset their salary arrears. These include slashing the salary, emoluments and financial benefits of political office holders including the security votes of the Governor.

 

Amosun Approves Bursary of Ogun State Student‎s

ogun stateThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has approved and released the 2014/15 Bursary Awards to Ogun State students in all higher institutions across the federation.

The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barr. Segun Odubela, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abeokuta, the state capital, that N117,271, 000.00 would be paid to 14, 550 beneficiaries.

According to him, 4,948 final year students, 9,506 on other levels and 96 Law School students would benefit from the award.

Odubela said that the bursary would be paid directly into individual bank accounts submitted by the students concerned and enjoined them to visit their banks for collection.

He said that the government was committed to the welfare of all Ogun State students ‎in line with its Affordable Qualitative Education policy and would implement it to the letter.

The Commissioner, while urging the students to reciprocate the government’s gesture by being law abiding, advised them to avoid being used by selfish politicians for anti-social activities, particularly electoral malpractices, as the general election approaches.

“In the midst of the current financial challenges occasioned by ‎the dwindling allocation from the Federal Government, the State Government will not relent in its determination to provide affordable and qualitative education while also ensuring the improved welfare of our students.

“‎Therefore, it would not be out of place to enjoin our students to reciprocate this gesture by being law abiding and shun acts that can tarnish the image of the state”, Odubela added.

Olabisi Onabanjo University Reopens

OOUThe Governing Council of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye in Ogun State, has ordered the immediate reopening of the university.

Lectures are to start on Monday, September, 29, 2014 to continue the suspended 2013/2014 academic session.

The university was closed by the management to forestall breakdown of public peace as a result of students’ negative reaction to the announcements by the State Government reducing the university fees.

According to a statement by the Head, Corporate Affairs Division, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Niyi Oduwole, in 2008, the Students’ Union Government signed an agreement with the then State Government to increase fees by 20 percent annually.

However, in response to recent students’ demand for a downward review by 40 percent of the current fees, the State Government reduced the fees by about 40 percent and, in some cases, down to 60 percent as well as abolished the dichotomy between indigenes and non-indigenes.

This new arrangement was to start in the 2014/2015 session since there was no budgetary provision for the short fall in the current year’s financial appropriation.

However, students demanded lower fees and its immediate implementation.”

He stated further that this reopening “follows an agreement between the university management and the Students’ Union Government accepting the new fees and the commencement date of 2014/2015 session.

All returning students are expected to sign an undertaking to be of good behaviour while an investigating panel shall be set up to look at the immediate and remote causes of the disturbances and suggest ways of preventing such in the future.”

While noting that the panel may also recommend appropriate sanctions for anyone that might have violated his matriculation oath, the school management advised all returning students to check the university website for details of fees payment guidelines for the session.

OOU Protest: Students Not Satisfied With Reduction – Commissioner

ogun commissionerThe Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Segun Odubela, says that the violent protest by students of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) was due to the recent reduction of school fees which would take effect for the 2014/2015 session.

He noted that the protest started after the reduction of the school fees and not before the reduction by the government, adding that the Student Union was present at the briefing.

Speaking via the telephone on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the Commissioner explained that the school fees had been increased by the past government of the state, and when the new governor got into power, he assured the students that there was going to be a reduction.

According to him, the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led government fulfilled this promise and reduced the school fees by 10% and later “reduced by almost 50%”, a decision the student felt was not good enough.

He stated that there was a percentage reduction across board and added that “this deduction is going to cost the government over two billion naira.”

The Commissioner also mentioned that there were some universities in the state that still pay between 8,000 to 12,000 naira as tuition fees. He added that Ogun State has the higher number of institutions compared to Lagos State and the reduction, as approved by the State Government, was fair enough.

Ebola: Kaduna Schools To Screen Students, Pupils on Resumption

EbolaThe Kaduna State Government has directed primary and secondary schools in the state to screen all their pupils and students as a condition for allowing them to resume for classes on October 13.

This is part of the State Government’s strategy for curbing the spread of the Ebola virus in the state.

The State Commissioner for Education, Ibrahim Ali, in a statement, told head teachers of private and public schools in Kaduna that Government would distribute the necessary medical equipment to the schools before the resumption date to enable them carry out tests on the pupils and students.

According to him, two testing machines would be given to each school with a population of 500 and below while schools with a population of up to 1,000 students would receive four each.

Ali also spoke about the issue of school fees in the state. He warned private schools in particular to desist from arbitrary increase of fees and also warned school proprietors to stop using their personal bank accounts for the deposit of school fees.

Lagos Govt. Promises Better Welfare For Teachers

Lagos Comm Olayinka OladunjoyeLagos State Government, mindful of the pivotal role of Education and the critical role of teachers in the development and economic growth of any nation, says it would continue to be responsive to their welfare and that of other members of its workforce.

The State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, said this while briefing newsmen at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, on Thursday.

She disclosed that this conviction of Government has been the driving force behind its huge investment in Education as well as training and welfare of teachers in its quest to become a model of excellence in Education in the African Continent.

She said that in order to provide qualitative education to the citizenry as well as overcome some of the challenges facing the Education sector; the State Government recently employed no fewer than 1,775 new teachers into the system as secondary school teachers.

She reiterated that Government has been doing this in the face of the limited resources available to it against the background of the competing demands for the resources, adding that Lagos remains perhaps the only state that has consistently and doggedly paid its workforce including teachers up to date and when due.

The Commissioner debunked the insinuations in some quarters to the effect that Lagos State teachers were not happy with the Government, restating that one of the hallmarks of the present administration has been its responsiveness and priority attention to the welfare of its workforce.

The Commissioner said teachers in the state are happy “because before now they did not have the kind of empowerment that they have been provided with” adding that with the EKO Education Project, teachers in the State have been empowered and given some level of accountability which is unprecedented in the nation’s Education history.

Assuring of the State Government’s willingness to complete payment of the 27.5 percent Special Teacher’s Allowance, Mrs. Oladunjoye said that Government was working assiduously with a view to paying the balance of the Special Allowance to the teachers.

“Government therefore craves the understanding of its teachers on this, bearing in mind that government will not hesitate to pay the balance of the allowance as soon as possible. Suffice it to say that the State Government is also determined to make the teaching environment and learning process very conducive to enhance efficiency and effectiveness”, the Commissioner said.

Also speaking, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, who was also at the briefing, said that the State Government enjoys a robust relationship with the teachers, adding that the Government could not afford to toy with the welfare of such an important player in its Education sector.

The Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Hakeem Bello, who was also at the briefing, said that while the State Government was not joining issues with any publication, with the advent of new theories in political circles and the possibilities of bandwagon effect, there was a need to put issues in proper perspective.

Later in an interview after the briefing, the State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, Mr. Segun Raheem, said that the NUT was not just a labour union but also a professional group which knows how to go about its agitations, stressing that such agitations does not always lead to anger.

He added that from the way the discussion was going along with the Government, there was hope that the State Government would pay the balance of the allowance.

He said that there have been commitments from the State Government on the allowance which has seen the payment of an initial 9.2percent and later another 9 percent with the remaining 11.5 percent being expected.

Raheem said that two months ago, the NUT wrote to the State Government on the balance and that the matter was presented before the Joint Negotiation Council and a pay policy committee was set up with the teachers also invited to present their case, which it did and a subcommittee was set up to look into the financial implication.

The briefing was also attended by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Establishment, Training and Pensions, Mrs. Sade Jaji.