344-Year-Old Tortoise Dies In Ogbomoso

A  tortoise popularly known as Alagba at the palace of Soun of Ogbomoso in Oyo State is dead.

The 344-year-old sacred tortoise said to be the oldest in Africa was sick for a few days before its death on Thursday.

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Alagba became a popular breed upon the ascension of the throne of the current Soun of Ogbomoso land, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi.

The monarch provided good shelter and health support for the tortoise before it died.

A Private Secretary to Oba Oyewumi, Toyin Ajamu said the tortoise, which attracted tourists from different parts of the world would be missed not only by people in the palace but everyone who came in contact with it.

The palace secretary explained that plans are underway to preserve Alagba’s body for historical records.

Google, Oyo Govt. To Train 30,000 Students On ICT

Google, Oyo Govt. To Train 30,000 Students On ICTThe Oyo State Government, has collaborated with Google to train 30,000 secondary school students on digital media across the 33 Local Government Areas and the 35 Local Development Council Areas (LCDAs) of the state.

The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun, said on Wednesday, that the initiative was in line with the OYSG Digital Advocacy Drive.

Consequently, he reiterated the vision of Governor Abiola Ajimobi to make Information and Communication Technology (ICT) the bedrock of learning.

He stated that the pilot sessions of the programme commenced on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at St. Patrick Grammar School, Basorun, Immanuel College, UI and Loyola College, Ibadan.

He also added that another round of sessions would hold on Thursday March 2, 2017 at Ibadan Grammar School, Molete, Ibadan, Oba Abass Alesiloye Secondary School, Eleyele and Lagelu Grammar School, Agugu, Ibadan.

Arulogun further stated that subsequent training of secondary school students will continue across eight zones of the state which include: Ibadan City, Oyo, Ogbomoso, Irepo, Saki, Kajola and Ibarapa after assessment and evaluation of the pilot sessions.

Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to Governor Ajimobi on ICT, Mr Niyi Ajao, in his remarks at the pilot session explained that the governor considered ICT as a prerequisite skill for students in an increasingly competitive digital economy.

He also noted that the office of the Special Adviser (ICT) and the Ministry of Education have identified centers for the training of the 30,000 secondary school students.

In a related development, Mr Arulogun said that digital technology has a lot of potentials and that the future of the country is bright with the increasing trend of internet connectivity.

The commissioner, while speaking at the launch of a free wireless service by Flobyt Nigeria in Lagos recently, had urged the founders of the initiative not to relent in their efforts to democratise internet usage in the country.

No Deaths Recorded As Three Vehicles Collide In Osun

accident, OsunA fatal accident was averted on Friday night at Agunbelewo area in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, as three vehicles from two different directions collided.

The vehicles, an 18-seater bus, which was said to have been heading to Ogbomoso in Oyo state, a coaster with registration number SOKOTO-TBW-212-XA, and another bus with registration number OSUN-XD-373-GNN, collided at about 10.30 pm.

An eye witness, Taiwo Elegbedede, who spoke to Channels Television, at the scene of the accident said the driver of the bus with registration number KEBBI-ZUR-545-AA was trying to manoeuvre the pot holes on his way when he suddenly drove onto the other lane facing an oncoming vehicle.

“The bus driver was trying to dodge the bad road and ran into the coaster coming from opposite direction. The driver of the coaster to me, saved the day with his experience, while the other coaster bus driver should just be thanking God for saving his life.

Another witness, a trader by the roadside, Mrs Ajayi, said: “I think the bus driver was drunk, because of the way he drove right into the lane of the coaster carrying pepper, or maybe he was only trying to dodge the pot hole. But, I don’t think any sane mind would ever do that, especially at this period”.

According to the witness, the drivers were seen engaging in war of words as to who should be held responsible for the damage done to their vehicles.

Meanwhile, a patrol team of the Osun state police command, arrived at the scene of the incident, minutes after and took all three drivers away in order to settle the dispute and avoid any further mishaps.

So far, no life was lost and no serious injury was recorded in the incident.

Education Development: Ajimobi Introduces Schools Governing Boards

Education Development: Ajimobi Creates Schools Governing BoardsIn its relentless pursuit of better academic ratings for Oyo State, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, has created a Schools Governing Board, for secondary schools in the state.

This according to him would help in bridging the gap of deficiencies and improve academic standard.

Governor Ajimobi also said that the newly introduced SGB would better connect the government and the community in the management of various public secondary schools in the state.

He stated that the board would be managed by various stakeholders such as community leaders, old students associations, principals and head boys/girls of each school.

The governor stressed that new performance targets have been set to make automatic promotion impossible for pupils in the state, adding that this step would complement other firm approaches towards reclaiming the lost glory of the state education sector as well as improving its quality.

The stakeholders, who were part of the guests at the Town Hall Meeting, held at the International Conference Center, University of Ibadan, where the new education policy was launched by the state governor, believe that the initiative would indeed revive the education sector.

Governor Ajimobi, while launching the policy, restated his administration’s resolve to rebuild the education sector and put a stop to poor academic performance by public school students.

He also stressed that the condemnation against students arsonists should be collective as the burning and destruction of classrooms and school properties were acts that even parents should not condone.

Furthermore, he noted that it is shameful that Oyo State that hosts the first University in the country is performing woefully in public examinations.

He therefore called on all stakeholders to come together and condemn the criminal tendencies of students who burned classrooms and destroyed public properties, while also protesting the policy against mass promotion in some parts of the state.

Governor Ajimobi called for an all-inclusive stakeholders support, stressing that the state government is open to support from old students, technocrats, community leaders and other sources for the development of education in the state.

The Commissioner for Education in the state, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela, explained that the new policy would allow proper monitoring.

Speaking on behalf of other traditional rulers in the state, the Onpetu of Ijeru, Oba Sunday Adediran, commended the efforts of Oyo State government in finding solutions to what he called the fall in standard of education in the state through automatic promotion.

The governor also spoke of the crisis at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH).

He assured them that it would soon be over as the fact finding panel set up by the governments of Osun and Oyo to resolve the imbroglio would submit its report before the end of month.

Reacting at the end of the town hall meeting, Secretary of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Comrade Niyi Akano, said that the teachers’ union expressed delight that the State government gazetted the School Governing Board Model as the body NUT had been part of the program’s initiation.

He called on the government to increase the level of in-service training for teachers, towards capacity improvement and also employ due process in recruitment to ensure quality.

LAUTECH: Visitation Panel Begins Sitting Over Ownership Tussle

LAUTECH, ownership tussleThe visitation panel jointly set up by the Oyo and Osun state governments, over the crisis at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, (LAUTECH), has begun sitting over the institution’s ownership tussle.

The 21-year-old tertiary institution has been tangled in an ownership tussle, one which had nearly degenerated to violence, but for the intervention of security agents.

A seven-member panel headed by Mr Wole Olanipekun (SAN), was created on Wednesday, October 19, after a meeting between the two owner states, led by the governors, Abiola Ajimobi and Rauf Aregbesola respectively.

At the recent inaugural meeting held at the senate building of the institution in Ogbomoso, the Chairman, Mr Olanipekun, gave the assurance that the disagreement which resulted from inadequate funding would be resolved soon.

He mentioned that he had absolute confidence in members of the panel who would work to restore academic, administrative as well as financial sanity to the institution, which was once noted for its highly rated academic standard.

He recalled that the university had been paralyzed for over 20 weeks, due to lack of funding as well as the disagreements.

Mr Olanipekun stated that his wealth of experience as a Pro-chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo and a former Pro-Chancellor of University of Ibadan, would be brought to bear on the outcome of the panel.

The Chairman further assured the people to expect revitalized academic excellence and outstanding learning outcomes from the university, which he said would take back its pride of place.

LAUTECH Crisis: Oyo, Osun Commit To Maintaining Joint Ownership

LAUTECHOyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi and his Osun counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola have finally met to find a lasting solution to the lingering crisis facing Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH).

The meeting, which was also attended by their deputies, Moses Alake Adeyemo (Oyo) and Titi Laoye-Tomori (Osun), and other top officials of both states, took place at the State Executive Chambers of the Governor’s Office, Ibadan.

A communiqué signed by the two governors, which was read by Gov. Ajimobi after a four-hour meeting, restated both states’ irrevocable commitment to the continued joint ownership of the institution.

He announced the setting up of a visitation panel headed by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Wole Olanipekun, as a follow-up to the meeting.

Other members of the panel are Hon. Rasheed Afolabi, Prof. Grace Akinola and Prof. Sola Fajana, representing Osun State; while Dr. Tunji Olaopa, Prof. Ayo Salami, Mr. Ayo Raji, and Permanent Secretary, Oyo State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Aderonke Makanjuola (Secretary) were named as representatives of Oyo State.

The panel was saddled with the task of reviewing the current terms of engagement between the two owner states with a view to consolidating the joint ownership, as well as to conduct an audit into the institution’s sources and application of funds.

The wise men and women would also be expected to propose strategies for the overall improvement in the quality of education and service delivery in the institution.

Ajimobi said, “The meeting regrets the current challenges of funding and management confronting the institution and restates commitment to moving the institution forward.

“In view of the historical affinity and long relationship between the two states of Oyo and Osun, the meeting resolves to rededicate all efforts towards the development of mutually beneficial goals that will further cement the bond of friendship and brotherhood between them.

“As brothers, sisters and family members of the same Yoruba ancestry, the meeting agreed that this should be a time of consolidation between the states rather than a time of fragmentation.

“Consequently, the meeting agreed to an irrevocable commitment to joint ownership of Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso, in accordance with the laws setting up the institution.”

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The Governor declared that both states agreed that comprehensive restructuring was inevitable in order to achieve national, regional and global reckoning by the institution, while he cautioned residents of the two states and other stakeholders to eschew any form of violence.

The communiqué also appealed to the academic staff members currently on industrial action to resume academic activities while the owner states sought for amicable and sustainable solutions to the lingering crisis that had pitted indigenes of both states against one another.

Ajimobi added, “We agreed on the necessity for a comprehensive restructuring of the institution to ensure fair and effective development and distribution of academic resources, physical structures and assets of the university across the two states.

“This is in order to achieve national, regional and global reckoning. We appeal to the academic staff who are currently on industrial action to resume academic activities while amicable solutions are being worked out to sort their grievances.

“We enjoin all residents of the two states, as well as other stakeholders, including students, teachers and workers to go about their lawful duties and resist any temptation to take the laws into their hands. The meeting warned that anyone or group that does otherwise will face the full wrath of the law.”

Police Arrest Suspect With PVCs In Ogbomosho

The Oyo State Police Command has arrested a suspect with 14 PVCs in his possession near a supermarket in Ogbomoso.

The suspect who claimed the PVCs were given to him for keeps by his relatives and friends could neither give a convincing reason for having the cards in his possession nor provide accurate details on the owners of the voter cards.