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.

Osun Pensioners Demand For Backlog Of Entitlement

Pensioners, Osun PensionersThe Osun State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has appealed to the state government to pay the senior civil servants the backlog of entitlements.

They demanded the payment of their eight months pension as well as gratuities to the retirees who left service between the year 2009 to 2012‎.

The senior citizens, who stated they have desired to pray rather than protest for their outstanding pensions and other benefits, made their request known during a special prayer session held at the state sports stadium in Osogbo, the State capital.

The retirees, who came in from all the 30 local governments in the state, including the Area Office, Modakeke said that the outstanding gratuities owed by the government is over 12 billion naira.

The State Chairman of the NUP, Dr John Olunlade and other pensioners told newsmen ‎that the inability of the state government to pay their entitlements had resulted to avoidable deaths of many of their members in the state.

According to the senior citizens, the Osun State government has been paying the retirees half ‎pensions since July 2015, accumulating to about eight months presently owed.

They urged the government to look into their plight particularly in the payment of the gratuities owed.

However, the Director of Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Semiu Okanlawon, when contacted on phone, said that he was not available to speak on the issue of the pensioners.

Doctors In Osun Insist On Sustaining Strike, Call On President To Intervene

Resident DoctorsThe Association of Resident Doctors at the Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH)  Teaching Hospital, Osogbo in Osun State, have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in its ongoing industrial action  in the state.  

‎The resident doctors have been on strike for over seven months on issues relating to unpaid salaries and taxation, bringing activities at the hospital to a standstill.

At a press briefing in Osogbo the state capital, the President of the association, said there was no existing concrete agreement towards addressing the impasse between government and the doctors.

He affirmed that contrary to the news being circulated, the resident doctors were sustaining the strike, as it appeared the government was not ready for a deliberation to end the disagreement.

Channels Television’s health correspondent said there were empty bed spaces in all the wards, as medical activities had been on hold since September 28, 2015 when the doctors commenced the industrial action.

However, attempts were made to get the reaction of the Osun State government, but the Director of the Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, said he was not prepared to speak on the issues between government and the resident doctors.

NMA Asks Osun Doctors To Embark On 3-Day Warning Strike

Resident-doctors-NMAThe Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has asked doctors in Federal Hospitals in Osun State to join their striking counterparts working for the state government to demand for the payment of their salaries.

Rising from an emergency meeting in Osogbo, the state capital, the State Chairman of the NMA, Dr. Suraj Ogunyemi, said that the 3-day warning strike scheduled to commence on February 17 would help the striking doctors press for October till December salaries, a reduction of their tax deductions and implementation of the CONTISS salary scale.

Dr. Ogunyemi, who stressed that the doctors in the course of negotiations have had to shift grounds on many of their demands, insisted that the doctors would only resume duty if government is committed to paying up their salaries and acceding to their other demands.

In reaction to this, media aide to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Semiu Okanlawon, claimed that the government has also sacrificed to ensure both parties arrive at a logical end.

He said that the state government has agreed to pay the doctors their outstanding salaries upon resumption.

Giving the assurance that good reasoning would prevail at the end of the dialogue, Okanlawon appealed to the striking doctors to reason with government, especially in the face of the current financial status of the state.

Osun Schools’ Alumni Kick Against 250 Workers Sack

Rauf-Aregbesola_Osun-election-resultThe alumni associations of the Osun State Polytechnic Iree, Osun State College of Technology Esa-oke, Colleges of Education Ila-Orangun and Ilesha‎ have threatened a showdown with the government, if it failed to halt its plan.

Addressing a press conference in Osogbo the capital of Osun State, the association, led by Mobola Odebode, alleged that the State government had, as part of a proposed restructuring plan sacked over 250 workers of Colleges of Education in Ila and Esa-Oke and had also ordered the institutions to embark on advertising for admission for vocational and remedial studies.

‎She said the proposed action of the government if carried out would not only affect the students of the schools, but also the people of the host communities whose means of survival depended largely on the students.

According to her, the government has also called for the stoppage of admission into the institutions, a move she described as “an attempt to destroy the heritage of the founding fathers”

‎Meanwhile the Osun  State government through the Director of Media to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Semiu Okanlawon, said that the government had not relieved any staff on its payroll off its duties.

He explained that those who were affected were employed by the management of the respective schools.

‎Okanlawon maintained that the action of the government in restructuring the institutions was in the interest of the students and the entire people of the state.

He urged them to support the government in its bid.

Osun Has Inched Closer To Its Dream Under My Watch – Aregbesola

aregbesolaOsun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, says Osun State in about four years under his watch, has inched closer to the dreams of those who laboured for the creation of the state 24 years ago.

Congratulating the people for what he described as their genuine efforts to build an independent, virile, virtuous and productive ‘Yoruba State’, Aregbesola pledged his government’s irrevocable commitment to the cause of ensuring the realisation of the very dreams for the creation of the state.

The governor spoke through the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, on the commemoration of the 24th anniversary of the creation of Osun State.

He assured that the Aregbesola-led administration is committed to bringing government closer to the people and igniting a revolutionary development paradigm that will set the state on an enduring pedestal.

Osun State was created in 1991 from the old Oyo State. The state’s name is derived from the River Osun, the venerated natural spring that is the manifestation of the Yoruba goddess of the same name.


Osun State Workers Demand For Unpaid Salaries In Protest

osun stateWorkers in Osun State under the aegis of Association of Senior Civil Servants Of Nigeria (SCSN), Osun State branch and Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Tuesday took to the streets of Osogbo the State capital to demand from the  payment of outstanding salaries.

The protesting workers who were seen carrying placards with various inscription like “Pay our salaries”, “Our members are dying of hunger”.

Other inscriptions showed that their demands were centred on the non-payment of outstanding salaries owed by the State government, regularisation of the contributory pension scheme.

It also includes non-release and Implementation of promotion of officers since year 2013 and non-payment of pension arrears to workers who resigned when the contributory Pension Scheme was introduced.

The spokesperson for the group, Comrade Akinyemi Olatunji, stated that if the state government failed to meet their demands, the workers would continue the action.

A spokesperson for Osun State Government, Semiu Okanlawon, said, “although the government recognises the right of the workers to seek for the payment of their entitlement, the non-Payment of salaries running to about four months is due to the economic situation of the country which had affected the State allocation adversely”.

He appealed to the workers to exercise patience and bear with the government, with the hope that the State Government is mostly concerned about their welfare and would find a lasting solution to the issues raised soon.