2017 Is Our Year Of Consolidation, Aregbesola Says

Argebesola Stresses Need To Educate Nigerians On RecessionThe New Year, 2017 will be the year of consolidations on the various achievements of the Rauf Aregbesola administration.

This was the summary of the governor’s New Year broadcast to the people of the state, as they ushered in year 2017 on Sunday.

In the broadcast, the Governor reeled out the achievements of his administration in the year 2016, ranging from accomplishments in education, infrastructure, social protection services, urban renewal, provision of massive supports for business initiatives and several others.

Great Hope And faith

“This year, 2017, is going to be our year of consolidation. We are going to consolidate on all our programmes, especially in education, agriculture and road infrastructure. We are not going to abandon any of our projects. It is going to be our busiest year so far.

“We have great hope and faith that 2017 will be the best year for us and all the people of Osun,” he said.

Governor Aregbesola admitted that the year 2016 was one with huge trials, travails and tests, but however rejoiced that “it was also a year of great victory and accomplishments”.

The governor expressed satisfaction that his government recorded landmark achievements in the commissioning of many schools, a philosophical disposition towards just and equitable sales of consumer goods with the launch of Osunwon Omoluabi (Omoluabi Scales and Measures) and others.

He said: “In the field of education, we commissioned to the glory of God, Anthony Udofia Elementary School, Osogbo, St Michael Elementary School, Ibokun, St Thomas Elementary and Middle School, Iwoye Ijesa, Osogbo Government High School, Osogbo, Adventist Government High School, Ede and AUD Government Elementary School, Sabo, Osogbo.

“The commissioning of Osogbo Government High School coincided with the 25th anniversary of the creation of our state which was celebrated with pomp, pageantry and funfair, including breath-taking calisthenics display by 4,000 pupils from Osun’s public schools. We also successfully hosted President Muhammadu Buhari, who commissioned Osogbo Government High School”.

Harping on the performance of his government on education, Governor Aregbesola said the statistics had confirmed a marked improvements in the performance of students in external examinations as a result of strategic interventions.

“Osun was the cynosure of all eyes as our state provided the template for the national take-off of school feeding programme. This programme was launched by our administration in 2012. Under it, we provide nutritious and healthy meals to Elementary 1-4 pupils in all public schools on every school day. This programme is integrated into our agriculture and poverty eradication programmes and is now a roaring success.

“Still under education, we established Osun Education Quality Assurance and Morality Enforcement Agency to address the twin problems of indiscipline and falling standards in education.

“The year was also a good one for us in education. Our pupils had 46.3 per cent pass in the last West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), a giant leap of 137 per cent increase over the previous year’s paltry 19.5 per cent pass. Though this is far from satisfactory to us, nevertheless, it is an affirmation of our efforts and investment in education. It has put ashes in the mouths of those who have made a career of running down our efforts in education development,” he said.

In the area of security, Aregbesola said his government’s investment in security paid off in many areas citing instance when its capacity was tested by some criminals in Ikirun bank robbery but were neutralised.

The governor, however, lamented that the year did not go down without its own pains listing the transition of a member of the House of Assembly representing Ife Central State Constituency, Oladejo Samson Makinde.

He also regretted the deaths of Sir Olaniwun Ajayi, a prominent Yoruba leader, Mr Deji Sasegbon and the legendary Cuban leader, Fidel Castro.

Identifying hard work as a panacea to solving many of the societal complications, Governor Aregbesola said it was now clear that there was no free money again.

He said: “No one should be under any illusion about this. Oil price doesn’t look like it will spike up very soon, as we have had in the past. Even if it will, we should never find ourselves in a position of dependency again. If oil windfall should come, it should go into special projects and savings for the future.

“The way to go therefore is that we should work hard and earn our own money. We should develop the capacity to create wealth from which we provide jobs and generate revenue to the government”.

WAEC Exam: Osun Says Students’ Performance Reflects Input

JAMB Act, ASUU, AmendmentOsun State government on Friday said the 46.30 per cent performance of its students in the 2016 West Africa Examination Council Examinations confirms its huge investment in the education sector.

The government said that for a state that once fell to a woeful six per cent performance prior to the Rauf Aregbesola’s administration to move up to 46.3 per cent aptly illustrated the fact that the government’s various interventions in education were paying off.

A statement by the Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the Office of the Governor says the government is not yet satisfied or resting on its oars until the state emerges the best state in the country in external examinations.

The statement, signed by the Bureau’s Director, Semiu Okanlawon, noted that the 2016 WAEC results indicate that the 2016 performance rating remained the highest and the best in 13 years.

In 2015, results of the WASCE showed that Osun ended up with 21 per cent in performance.

The details of the results from West Africa Schools Certificate Examination (WASCE) showed that Osun presented for the examination, a total of 36,678 students with 18,318 males and 18,360 females.

Out of these, 8,329 males secured credits in at least five subjects including English and Mathematics while 8,654 females candidates secured credits in English and Mathematics totaling 16,983 that got five credits with Mathematics and English.

Gradual Upward Movement

The state had registered 48,845 candidates the previous year, 2015 with 25,347 males and 23,498 female candidates.

Out of these, 5,314 male candidates got five credits and above in Mathematics and English while 5,276 female candidates secured at least five credits, including Mathematics and English, making a total of 10,590 to make the 21.68 per cent performance of 2015.

The Bureau said Osun, under Aregbesola’s administration had recorded gradual upward movement from the abysmal performances due to the various interventions in the sector.

“For instance, the state has discouraged enrollment of students whose performances in internal examinations were nothing to write home about. This has compelled many of the students to change their orientations towards learning.

“Other novel interventions such as provision of stand-alone Tablet of Knowledge (Opon Imo) to all students writing WAEC each year has made learning much easier.

“With the introduction of this tablet, students now spend quality times both in and out of classroom situations.

“The result is that there is no dull moment for every student who is desirous of true education,” the Bureau’s statement read.

Better learning environment, the statement identified, had also contributed in no small measure to the improved results.

“So, far, Osun has completed 1,694 classrooms in the existing elementary, middle and high schools; providing accommodation for 84,700 pupils at 50 pupils per classroom.

“We have provided for them more than 100,000 desks and chairs, toilets and boreholes.

“Today, the Wole Soyinka Government High School, Ejigbo, Ataoja Government School of Science, Osogbo, Osogbo Government High School, Osogbo and Adventists Government High School Ede have been completed, with Ilesa Government High School, Iwo Government High School, Unity/Fakunle Government High School, Osogbo and others near completion,” the statement added.