Oyo Ready To Inject Counterpart Funding Into UBEC/SUBEB Projects

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The Oyo State Government has expressed its readiness to commit huge finances into the 2018 intervention projects to be embarked on by the Federal Government/ Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

This was disclosed by the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran while inspecting some school projects financed by UBEC and SUBEB within Ibadan metropolis and Oyo town.

The Chairman expressed the State Government’s readiness to partner with Federal Government on the provision of basic facilities to Primary and Junior Secondary Schools, asserting that 54 model schools would be ready for commissioning soon.

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“Oyo State will be financially committed to the Federal Government-UBEC/SUBEB intervention projects within the State and we will not leave any stone unturned in the transformation of the education sector in the State.

“These laudable projects, if thoroughly maintained and put in good use will go a long way to advance effective teaching and learning system and give the desired effects in the output of good performance in external examinations as well as competitive academic environments in our schools.

“Again, I assure you of the readiness of this administration to play our own part in fulfilling the payment of counterpart funds towards UBEC/SUBEB funded projects,” he assured.

He also expressed the Government’s resolve to provide a solid foundation for the enhancement of education in the State, reiterating that it was considered as one of the major highlights in Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration.

Dr. Adeniran, who expressed satisfaction at the compliance of some contractors on site, promised them quick access to funds, for speedy completion of the projects.

He expressed Government’s proactiveness about Education, noting that proper attention to the sector will forestall any bleak future for the coming generation.

“We are a proactive government. We see education as an integral foundation upon which our future would be built, so we are making this foundation solid through the provision of a conducive environment for these children,” he said.

While responding to some teachers, who sang the Governor’s praises for offsetting their salary arrears, Dr. Adeniran appealed to teachers in the State to give their best in the training of the pupils in their care.

Harping on Governor Seyi Makinde’s resolve not to owe any worker, the Chairman promised that Governor Seyi Makinde’s aspiration was to improve on what he met on ground, in the State.

The Chairman led a team from the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board to 25 public primary and Junior Secondary schools within Ibadan and Oyo town.

Obaseki Advocates Review Of Edo State Schools’ Curriculum

Obaseki Advocates Review Of Edo State Schools' Curriculum The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Tuesday in Benin City, advocated a quick review of the curriculum of schools as a ‘sine qua non’ to having solid educational foundation for “our children in the state”.

Governor Obaseki said this while receiving in audience, the leadership of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), led by its Acting Chairman, Mr Iyalomhe Akhagbemhe.

The governor used the occasion to assure the leadership of the NUT that the state government was working with State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), to fill the 3,000 N-Power vacancies allocated to the state.

He said that government would not only fill the vacancy but would train the teachers and provide them with instructional materials.

He also advised the NUT leadership to think of reviewing the school’s curriculum in the state so that those who pass out from schools would not only be employable but could also become entrepreneurs.

Governor Obaseki equally reiterated his electioneering promise to create 200,000 jobs and noted that teachers also had fundamental roles to play in achieving the feat.

He said the process must begin with the solid foundation for the pupils and students, stressing that it was high time stakeholders began to rethink the purpose of education and the type to be given out.

“But for us, we must begin to think about our curriculum, so that the people we produce from the school system are people who can sustain themselves in life. -So that after JSS, you should be able to do something with your life.

“So it’s time to rethink the purpose of education and the type of education to be given out.

“We are currently working with SUBEB to fill the 3,000 N-Power vacancy given to the state.

Governor Obaseki disclosed that most of the subsidy to the state would be channeled towards vocational and technical education, saying “there is the need to work and ensure that by 2020 our children have skills.

“To do this, we have to train and retrain, hence our focus on technical education.

“We need to have center of excellence to strengthen our teaching call”, he added.

Obaseki, who emphasized that schools supervision was also part of the training, gave the assurance that government would re-jig the school’s management system for the better.

The Governor further stated that the teachers, mostly regarded as those who produce the best brains and the best minds, was the reason his predecessor pursued the policy that saw the upgrade of teachers to the level of permanent secretary.

Earlier, Akhagbemhe advised the governor to ensure he appointed square pegs in square holes to drive his desired developmental stride for the state.

He appealed to the governor for the support of teachers, adding that some of the challenges in the educational sector included the non-payment of leave transport grant for 2016.

Akhagbemhe listed the non-release of promotion since 2012, dearth of teachers as well as non-availability of instructional materials as challenges encountered in most schools.

Ogun Govt. Dismisses NLC Chairman, 15 Others

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Ogun State government has approved the dismissal of the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Akeem Ambali, his vice and the State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr Dare Ilekoya, and 14 others.

The dismissal was contained in a report of a panel of inquiry set up to investigate the alleged misconduct of executive members of the NUT on the 2016 World Teachers Day celebration in Abeokuta.

Similarly, 16 officials of the union were also suspended for their roles in the conduct of the celebration.

The recommendations of the panel signed by the Head of Service, Mr Sola Adeyemi, was approved by the state government for immediate implementation.

A source also said the government had set up an administrative panel of inquiry to look into complaints received from concerned members of the public against the affected officers for their alleged involvement in various acts of misconduct and contravention of extant regulations during the celebration.

The NLC chairman, who was until his dismissal a Deputy Director, Community and Social Development in Sagamu Local Government, was alleged to have been the brain behind the political campaign rally during the celebration.

He was said to have made inflammable and scandalous remarks against the state government, which could have triggered a breach of peace in the state.

The workers were dismissed from service having been found guilty of contravening the Public Service Rules 04401, 04421 (c&d) and 04406 (a).

Those dismissed were A.O Oshin, Nola Balogun, Eniola Atiku, Solaru.O, Adebanjo.T, Akinola.A.S, Oyolola .S.A, Obafemi. O.B, Ogunsola Peter, Akinlade.S.A, Christopher.T.A,Ogunrombi A.A, Azeez.K.I and Taiwo A.O.

Those suspended include Odusanya S.A, Comrade Akapo, Adegbesan J.O, Adelami S.I, Obadara O, Ogunnuga O.A, Ayokambi T.A, Tijani A.A, Adegbesan J.O, Idowu A.O, Olaifa O.A, Bayo Lasore, Ahmodu S.A, Oludotun Oliyide, Tijani Y.A, Awode I.A, Dada O.A and Adesanya Abiola.

The state government subsequently directed appropriate agencies of the state including the Ogun State Local Government Service Commission, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) to implement the recommendations with immediate effect.

Benue Infrastructure: Govt. Threatens To Sue Officials Who Try To Siphon Funds

Benue state government, Samuel Ortom, The Benue State Government has threatened to prosecute officials of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and contractors handling the 7.6 billion Naira reconstruction of public schools.

The investigation is meant to reveal if funds meant for the reconstruction of the schools destroyed by herdsmen were diverted.

The Governor of the State,  Mr Samuel Ortom issued the threat in Makurdi, during the official flag off ceremony of the reconstruction project of over 700 schools, most of which were destroyed by herdsmen during the widespread attacks on communities and public institutions.

Mr Ortom urged the contractors to consider the future of the Benue child in the execution of the project, by avoiding sub-standard jobs.

He, promised to personally monitor work on the project sites to ensure compliance to best practices.

The school, LGEA Adem Lrimary School in Makurdi council areas along Naka road, received a face lift after it was burnt down by rampaging herdsmen in 2014.

Meanwhile, the Executive Chairman of SUBEB, Mr Philip Tachin, who was represented by a member of the board, gave details of the impact assessment of the destruction and source of funding for the projects.

Done with the flag off ceremony, all the contractors are mobilising to the various project sites to ensure work is completed within three months, as specified in the award details, to enable pupils return to class for conducive learning.

Scenes from the horrible destruction of public primary schools in Moon Council Ward of Kwande council area in 2013, like many other parts of the state, remain fresh in the heart of the people.

Today, herdsmen freely graze their cattle within the school premises while the inhabitants fled their ancestral homes due to the vicious herdsmen attacks.