Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has said that the extracurricular activities in schools across the state would help in adding value to the education sector and also ensure good standards and discipline among students.
The governor said callisthenics was first introduced into the state in 2012 to ensure character and competency in the education sector but due to some political reasons, it was scrapped and later reintroduced.
Aregbesola said this on Saturday at the Osogbo township stadium during the middle school callisthenics competition organised to commemorate his seventh years anniversary of the state.
“Extracurricular activities in schools to include callisthenics would help to bring discipline, the unity of purpose and sense of responsibility among students.
“We introduced callisthenics display sometimes in October 2012 in order to raise the educational consciousness of our students. It was misrepresented by some political gladiators for a private security outfit due to the exercises involved but we thank God, it was later reintroduced,” Aregbesola said.
Aregbesola praised the winner of the calisthenics display which emerged from Osun Central Senatorial District among the 21 middle schools within the nine constituencies in the state.
The finale of the calisthenics display witnessed three participants from Osun East senatorial districts, Osun West Senatorial districts and Osun central senatorial districts.
The governor presented a sum of N2 million to the winner while the second and third runners up went home with N1 million and N750,000 respectively.
He said the cash awards would be used to developed sporting facilities in schools across the senatorial districts.
Pope Francis has called for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians, particularly residents of Osun State, irrespective of the socio-cultural and religious beliefs.
The Pope made the appeal during a visit of the Roman Catholic Church to Governor Rauf Aregbesola at the Government House in Osogbo, the state capital.
The Catholic Pontif, who was represented by Most Reverend Augustine Kassujja, said that dialogue instead of violence should be ensued in resolving issues of disagreement between people of diverse culture, tradition, religion and beliefs.
While welcoming the Catholic leadership to the state, the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, expressed the commitment of the state government to working with all religious representations in promoting peaceful coexistence in the state.
He added that the virtues of tolerance, compassion, love and accommodation must be imbibed by adherents of different religions.
Some students of Baptist High School, Adeeke, Iwo town in Osun State, caused a stir among their colleagues as they appeared in school in choir robes and other church garments.
This is a fallout of the decision by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Osun State chapter to allow the Christian students exercise their fundamental human rights following the judgement of the Osun State High Court upholding the use of hijab for willing female students across public schools in the state.
Channels Television correspondent who visited the school observed that the students came late to the school around 8:35AM and headed to their various classes as their colleagues hailed their courage.
Many female Muslim students of the school also wore hijab on their uniforms and some members of the Christian Association of Nigeria were in the school to monitor the reaction of the teachers to their students’ mode of dressing.
No student was sent out of the class for appearing in different clothes as all the students, irrespective of their chosen uniforms sat attentively as the teachers did their job.
The Principal of Baptist High school, Iwo Osun State, Omotayo Arowolo, refused to grant an interview, but noted that there was no crisis in the school and the teachers were on duty teaching the students as usual without distraction.
Public Schools across Osun State finally resumed on Monday after the long break due to the Ebola Virus Disease scare.
The holiday was also extended based on the directive of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) Headquarters to ensure that all necessary protective equipment are supplied to the school.
Channels Television correspondent reports that while only few schools were seen using the infrared thermometer to check the status of the pupils, others did not have the thermometer as students were seen going in freely without any check.
Although no wash-hand basin was sighted in any of the schools visited, the principal of one of the secondary schools, who spoke to us off camera, confirmed that the State Government had provided the required protective materials but they would be brought out for appropriate use.
In the meantime, efforts to reach the State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, Saka Adesiyan, was not fruitful as he was said to be out of town.
The students have, however, settled down for serious work in most of the schools to make up for lost weeks.
The Osun State Government has directed all public and and private Schools in the State to reopen for the year 2014/2015 academic activities on Monday, October 6, 2014.
The announcement comes as the Federal Government and the Nigeria Union Of Teachers (NUT) continue talks on whether or not to resume on September 22, the schools resumption date set by the Federal Ministry of Education.
A statement signed by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori, who doubles as the Commissioner for Education, said that this would enable both principals and teachers to receive adequate training and put in place all necessary measures to prevent the Ebola epidemic in schools and in the state in general.
She assured the people of the State that Osun is Ebola free. She called on school managers to ensure daily practical demonstration of hand washing by the pupils and students, including teachers.
She emphasized the need to maintain the culture of hygiene.
The Governor of the State of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola, has stated that his decision to seek re-election into office is in the interest of the people of Osun.
‘View From The Top’ on this edition plays host to the Governor of the State of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola, where he spoke about his re-election bid.
Reeling out what he considers his achievements since becoming the governor of the state, the Governor said that his administration has been “people centred” and it would be difficult for them “to abandon the people mid-stream”.
He noted that the best way to pursue his administration’s objective about governance “is to run the whole span of the mandate permitted by the constitution, as that gives enough time to meet their aspirations. He then added that it is in the interest of the people that he is seeking re-election into office.
Governor Aregbesola has made the news lately for his educational reforms in the state and he took time to shed more light on the details of the government’s innovations, including the introduction of the ‘Opon Imo’.
Among other things, Governor Aregbesola also spoke about his administration’s proposed creation of new Local Government Areas, to be known as Local Council Development Areas.