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Educationist Seeks More Teachers For Unity Schools

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A former Principal, Federal Government Girls’ College, Sagamu, Ogun State, Alhaja Falilat Quadri, has opposed the call for the scrapping of unity colleges in the country.

Rather, Quadri called for the recruitment and posting of more subject teachers to the schools to enhance tuition.

She stated this during the send-off party organised by the FGGC to mark her retirement from service as the school’s principal and deputy director in the Federal Ministry of Education.

The former principal, who retired from service after 35 years, said unity schools would remain relevant in promoting integration in the country.

According to her, they have become a meeting point for Nigerians from the various ethnic groups to relate with one another.

She said,

Unity Schools no longer necessary? They are very necessary in bringing people of different backgrounds together. FGGC, Sagamu is not just one unity school, it is an international school because you have pupils even from here. I’m one of the products of the Federal unity colleges and I won’t want it to be scrapped. I want them to remain.

Quadri, however, stressed the need for more teachers to be posted to the institution, saying this would enhance the standard of teaching and learning there.

She added that because of the growing pupil population in the school, it had become imperative that more teachers be provided to handle each of the various subjects.

The former principal also commended the Federal Government’s efforts at ensuring that the Nigerian girl-child was given proper education.

“The Federal Government is trying. The current Minister of Education, Prof. Ruquayyat Rufai, is trying very well and, in conjunction with the Minister of State for Education, who is the minister in charge of the unity schools, they are putting in their best to see that all girls are fully educated. They are trying their best,” she said.

Quadri also said contrary to the general belief among Nigerians, the standard of education in the country had not fallen.

“It’s improving, it’s not falling at all. You can see the performance of the young girls, everything is fine. Thank God,” she said.

The retired principal, however, assured that having left government service, “I’ll continue to serve my community and my people. I’m retired but not tired.”

Also, the college Vice-Principal (Academic), Mr. Nwabueze Njoku, described her as a strong advocate of the culture of transparency.

Njoku added that Quadri distinguished herself as an administrator “who blocked every loophole.”

The current principal of FGGC, Sagamu, Ms. Adenike Ogunbekun, commended her predecessor for laying a solid foundation for her to come and build upon.

May 2, 2013 |

Nigeria’s First Online University: Beni American University

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Beni American University logoNigeria’s first online university has been launched by Gossy Ukanwoke who has been nicknamed Nigeria’s Mark Zuckerberg. Called Beni American University, Gossy who is also the founder of the Students Circle Network, an academic social network for students, teachers and institutions that brings over 10,000 free academic resources from over 200 universities globally, and shares it free for students and teachers, said he foresaw it “as a way of clearing the logjam in Africa’s educational sector of its several challenges that avails just some number of Africans an opportunity to be literate hence the essence of his innovation”.

“We realised that there was just a couple of issues in the educational sector in Africa. We have universities but they are not enough in comparison to the youth population. We have universities but the infrastructure is a challenge and then the cost of setting up something new was also a challenge. We were also looking at something that we could easily accommodate as many people as possible without the constraint of location or space or resources, so online was the best alternative for us. With an online university, you can take in as many students as possible; you can get professors from across the world. We have professors who are in the US, we have professors in Malawi, and we have professors in England.”

Andrew Ebegore, already a registered student of the online university shared his experience as he tells how easy life is to study as he does his work during leisure, gets an opportunity to interact and above all schooling take place right in his living room.

“I actually do my school work at my leisure time not at my work time, it allows me to meet different people from around the world, I get to interact with students and lecturers and some seasoned lecturers from around the world, professors and all that. It’s good because I interact, I learn, I do everything and I don’t leave my house which makes it superb.”

A professor of Science and Technology in the University of Lagos, Duro Ajeyalemi, described it as “a laudable idea” which will bridge the gap in terms of challenges plaguing African youths but “right now the resources for successful running of the online university as it is not made available”.

“We do not have the resources enough to cope and many of our… because we have problems with infrastructure, electricity for example is not available in most places so we will need to have constant supply of electricity, we will need to have the computers and the technology for you to be able to benefit maximally.”

Gossy Ukanwoke believes that the high unemployment rate which has cut across the world and Africa especially can actually be brought to the low by entrepreneurship and empowerment which he and his team ensured is in the curriculum for those studying management courses in the university.

“There is a high level of unemployment across the world and one of the things that can actually deal with unemployment is entrepreneurship and empowerment, so what we are doing is even if you are studying Business Management in our university, you will still take our entrepreneurship program, even if you are studying medicine in our university, you will still take our entrepreneurship program so that you can learn how as a doctor or as an engineer or as a Home Economics graduate how you can actually start a business and become an employer of labour instead of being someone who is seeking for employment.”


Source: Channels TV Website

May 1, 2013 |

Olowu Donates Books to Mark Birthday

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Public Relations consultant and notable brands and media journalist, Mr. Ganiyu Olowu, recently donated 70 Mass Communication and media related textbooks to the Department of Mass Communication, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, (MAPOLY) Abeokuta, Ogun State to commemorate his 40th birthday, which he marked on Wednesday April 17, 2013.

A statement issued by Tunde Dawood-Akerele, Associate Consultant, TST Public Relations on behalf of Ganiyu Olowu noted, “Olowu’s turning 40 years old is symbolic and it provides opportunity to reflect on the past and project how to better serve God and be more useful to humanity.

For me, turning 40 is not the big thing, the lesson there is for me to ask myself how far have I been useful to God and the reason for my creation. I think beyond all the rat race, it is time to be closer to God and be part of social value development in Nigeria and beyond.

He noted further that the need to support social responsibility development and add value to our local economy informed the decision for the donation of those mass communication and media studies textbooks to MAPOLY Mass Communication department, where he graduated from about 16 years ago.

He noted, “I am using this symbolic event to call everyone of us to action to give back to our schools as a way of further improving the state of the education sector. Nothing is too small to add value to our dying education system. You can contribute human hour, books, advice and raise public support for the system”.

Olowu explained that 40 out of the 70 Mass Communication textbooks were symbolically donated to mark the 40th birthday, while the remaining 30 were to complement volumes of books in the popular Mass Communication Training Centre.

Head of Department of Mass Communication, Alhaji Akeem Rauf Adegoke described the gesture of the donor as unique and commendable and enjoined other Alumni members to emulate him.


Source: The Guardian (Nigeria)

April 28, 2013 |

Six Mega Universities Underway

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Nigeria's CrestThe National Economic Council (NEC), on Thursday approved the conversion of one university in each of the six geo-political zones to a ‘Mega University.”

The recommendation for the conversion was part of those contained in the report of the Peter Obi-led Technical Committee on the recommendations of the Needs Assessment of Nigerian Universities, CNANU. All the recommendations were approved, Mr. Obi, Governor of Anambra State told journalists after the meeting.

The NEC is made up of the president , the vice president, state governors, ministers and others.

The Committee recommended the upgrading of one university in each of the six geo-political zones to the status of a Mega University to expand their intakes from the present number of students.

Mr. Obi stated that government wants to create universities that are capable of taking up to 200,000 students as against the less than 30,000 admitted by some of the biggest universities in Nigeria.

A decision has not been taken on which universities will be considered for selection.

The committee’s report, which followed an extensive review of the CNANU report presented to the Federal Executive Council on September 19, 2012, therefore made the following recommendations towards changing the fortunes of the universities:

“The Committee agreed with CNANU that funding was a big issue in tertiary education and recommended that both the Federal and State Governments should prioritise funding by raising budgetary allocation to schools and guaranteeing that funds for education are disbursed as appropriated to ensure that the necessary facilities are provided.

“It recommended the strengthening of the composition and character, especially of external members, of the Governing Councils of the Universities by populating the board with members who have a direct stake in academics to ensure better management of the universities.

The committee had noted that the Nigerian University system is grossly understaffed and recommended the introduction of attractive incentives towards promoting post-graduate education and upgrading the academic qualifications of all lecturers to PhD level within a given period.

“The Committee also recommended the designation of a focal Federal University per geo-political zone to be upgraded towards expanding its absorptive capacity to between 150,000 – 200,000 students in the medium term,” Mr. Obi said.

Source: PM News

April 27, 2013 |

Nestle trains teachers, parents on proper hydration in children

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Nestle LogoWORRIED by the large number of Nigerian children who die annually as a result of dehydration, the Nestle Nigeria Plc has began series of workshops for Primary school teachers to equip them with nutrition teaching techniques required to combat frequent dehydration among children.
Speaking at one of such workshop at the weekend in Abeokuta, Ogun State, the Company’s Managing Director, Mr. Martin Woolnough disclosed that the company had already organized similar workshops in six States of the Federation.
The gesture, he said was part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the society. The workshop was tagged “Nestle health hydration teachers’ workshop”.

Woolnough disclosed that so far 84 Primary school teachers drawn from 26 Public schools and private schools in the 20 local councils in Ogun State had been trained by the company.

Those trained, Woolnough said had gone back to their schools to “Educate their pupil with the knowledge and understanding of hydration and importance of water in their lives”.

Woolnough vowed to continue championing the creation of shared value and promote any programmes that would aid proper and effective childhood nutrition and the Nigerian society, adding that, ‘’I want to reassure you that we will continue to leverage our deep well of understanding about childhood nutrition in the implementation of healthy kids programmes in line with our business strategy of creating shared value for our business and the Nigerian society’’.

Woolnough at similar event in Lagos, noted that water is indeed essential for growing children, adding that, that is the period of development and learning for them, a good hydration is important for the whole of the body.
“Either at home, school and at their activities, a good hydration is important for them to feel good, and of course, water is needed for irrigation of the child’s entire body, which also help them in developing their brains to function properly.
“It is essential that children adopt healthy habits early on by drinking water regularly during the day, and they must drink at least eight glasses of water each day because this will maintain the water balance in their body and replace the water loss,” he said.

A physician and lecturer from the Department of Health Promotion and Education, University College Hospital (UCH), Dr Oyewole Oyediran who spoke on importance of water to children stated that the body of a child is made up of 70 per cent of water, insisting that for a such child to remain healthy, such water level must be maintained at all times.
He reasoned that it was therefore imperative for parents to make their wards know that their lives depend on water.

His words “The brain of a child contains 90 percent of water hence if a child does not take enough water, his or her brain wont function to the maximum.
According to Oyediran if a child stays between two and three hours without water, he would be dehydrated. He therefore suggested that on daily basis, parents should put sachets of water in their wards’ school bags so that they would drink during school hours.


Source: The Guardian (Nigeria)

April 26, 2013 |

Babcock University Denies Claims of Outrageous Increment in School Fees

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Babcock University logoThe Management of Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun state has denied the recent claims by some students of the University that the school tuition fees of different departments for the next academic session has been increased outrageously.

In a statement signed by the Director, External and Community Affairs, Joshua Suleiman, the school Management has officially denied the students claims, defending the school Management with it’s original tuition fees details as released by the school.

The statement reads in part “Our attention has been drawn to some misinformation and misinterpretation of the University’s fees as posted on some blogs.

For the avoidance of doubt, we present here the official fees of the 2013/2014 session as approved by the University Administration. The average fee at BU is N630,500 and this covers Accommodation, Feeding, Tuition, Medical Insurance and Miscellaneous.

Suleiman stated that, “Law students are to pay N763,000 as against the reported N2million, Accounting is N763,000 as against the reported N1.5 million, Medicine is N2 million consolidated as against the reported N3 million and Nursing is N763,000 as against the reported N1 million”

The Director noted that there were no hidden charges against what the School Management approved.

It would be recalled that some students of the institution took to the social media such as the twitter and facebook to air their grievances over the increment in school fees.


Source: Daily Post Website

Download the Public Statement

April 26, 2013 |

Ogun to Benefit from ITF Training Programme

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ITF logoOgun State is set to benefit from the 2nd phase of the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP) under which a total of 5.5 million Nigerian youths from across the country are to be exposed to vocational skills between now and 2015.

This cheering news was made public today in Abeokuta by the Head of Training, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Abeokuta Office, Mrs. Yinka Sodunke during a courtesy call on the newly constituted Board on Technical and Vocational Education in the State.

According to Mrs. Sodunke, the programme, aimed at training and developing highly skilled entrepreneurial workforce for small and medium enterprises would start next month in the State and run for eight weeks.

She added that the programme would provide the skills to support the National Individual Revolution Plan (NIRP) and reduce youth restiveness through the provision of self-employable skillful workers.

“If we are able to train our youths, we will have a reduction in the challenges such as Boko Haram, the Niger-Delta problem and so on which the country has been facing. Nigeria will be a better place to live in and all of us will enjoy” She stated.

Speaking on the choice of Ogun State, the ITF official disclosed that it was chosen alongside 13 others because of the availability of master craftsmen, adequate training centres and facilitators as well as its economic endowment.

Responding, the Board Chairman, Dr. (Mrs.) Doyin Ogunbiyi appreciated the team for the visit and coming up with training proposals at a time that the State was undergoing transformation and re-building.

We are glad to embrace the vision at a time like this, it is a good thing that the scheme is a continuous one, ensure that Ogun State is sustained in subsequent phases and I assure you that there will be proper monitoring and ITF will have credit for it, we pledge our full cooperation

She described the development as an added value to the State which is the gateway to several parts of the country and the neighbouring Republic of Benin as well as being the cradle of civilization and education among its peers.

Underscoring the need for a re-orientation of some people who believed that vocational training skill acquisition is for failures and dropouts in the society, the Board Chairman noted that with the endowment of the State and the upcoming training, unemployment and other social vices would be adequately addressed and called on ITF to embark on massive publicity on the programme.


Source: Ogun State Government Website

April 21, 2013 |

Canada to Help Lift Education in Ogun

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Canada mapCanadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Chris Cooter, has assured of his country’s preparedness to support Ogun State in the education sector to help improve the standard.

At a courtesy visit to the governor Ibikunle Amosun at the Government House Abeokuta yesterday, the envoy hinted that six companies had shown interest in partnering with the country.

And from what I have seen here and what the governor has briefed me, we can talk to them to partner with Ogun state in the education sector

Cooter who briefed newsmen after the courtesy call said Canada had a long history of supporting education in Nigeria.

“We’ve been in Nigeria on agriculture; research in development, investment, infrastructure, transport. We also discussed that, that’s Canada greater interest of coming to Nigeria. We also discussed the upcoming conference in… in May where a large number of senior Nigerian decision makers and business people will be going and the purpose of that conference is to introduce Nigeria to Canadian business. For that conference, 200 to 300 Canadian companies, 200 or 300 from Nigeria and we are going to lay foundation for a much more, better relationship not for Nigeria but also the states,” he said.


Source: Education News

April 17, 2013 |

Amosun Seeks Urgent Intervention For Education Crisis

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Governor Ibikunle AmosunOgun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has bemoaned the crisis in the education sector, and has called for urgent intervention to save tertiary institutions in the country from collapse.

Speaking in Abeokuta at a special colloquium on education themed “Nigerian Tertiary Education in Crisis: The Way Forward,” organized to mark the 30th anniversary of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, the governor said the crisis informed his government’s decision to make education key in its five cardinal programme for the state. He said:

This government is not unaware of the importance of education as a catalyst for the development of other sectors of the economy, this explains why education gulps about 23 percent of the state’s annual budget.

The governor, who is also the Visitor to the university, congratulated the school on its 30th anniversary, noting that the theme of the colloquium was apt at this period when the nation’s universities are facing a lot of challenges.

“We want the recommendations that would be made at this colloquium to be forwarded to the appropriate quarters for implementation in order to take tertiary education in Nigeria to the next level,” the governor said.

Mr. Amosun commended the university’s Governing Council for organizing the colloquium and charged it to come up with more suggestions and recommendations that will improve the standard of tertiary education not only in Ogun state but the nation as a whole.

Acting Vice Chancellor of the university, Saburi Adesanya said the subject of the colloquium was timely and carefully chosen to tackle the problems facing tertiary education in Nigeria with a view to charting a way forward. He said the array of discussants invited from within and outside the country was to draw references from the way tertiary education is run in other countries of the world.

Discussants at the colloquium included Mahmood Yakubu who was the lead speaker with Dominic Kwaku Fobih from Ghana and Craig Mahoney from the United Kingdom as keynote speakers.


Source: Premium Times

April 8, 2013 |

Babcock Wins NIPUD Debate For Private Universities

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Babcock University logoThe Babcock University, Illisan-Remo, Ogun State, has won the maiden edition of the Nigeria Private Universities Debate sponsored by Diamond Bank Plc to promote scholarship, ideas and healthy competition among students.

This year’s debate, with the theme,  Nigeria’s Vision 20: 2020: The Facts, the Farce and the Figures, provided a  platform for undergraduates to contribute to the Federal Government policy aimed at providing a better future for Nigerians.

The pioneer edition, according to the organisers, offered the undergraduates an opportunity “to research into the feasibility of Nigeria joining the world’s best 20 economies by the year 2020.”

The semi final and the final stages of the debate were hosted by Babcock on Thursday after the regional presentations were held in the six geo-political zones. Four institutions that made it to the semi-final are Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun State; Babcock, Western Delta University, Oghara, Delta State, and Igbinedion University, Okada, in Edo State.

At the semi final stage, WDU defeated Igbinedion University to set up a keen final with Babcock, which had beaten Fountain University.

Babcock, represented by Okezi Meshack, Madu Chibuzor and Olusile Christiana, argued that Vision 20:2020 would only be achieved if the current rural-urban migration was reversed. The Babcock team beat Edwina Peters, Christabel Israel and Igbinobaro Paula of WDU, who opposed the motion to emerge the overall winner.

According to the panel of judges led by a professor of Literature at the Department of English, University of Ibadan, Ayo Kehinde, Babcock garnered a total of 250.1 points to emerge pioneer winners. WDU, he said, scored 231.8 points. Igbinedion University, with 235 points, came third, while Fountain University came fourth with 218.5 points.

Kehinde, while declaring the result, lauded the initiative for offering the students opportunity to gain all-round knowledge.

He explained that the debaters were rated on grammar, composure, presentation in-depth knowledge of international affairs, national economic and political policies.

The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, enjoined other private universities to join the train and make the competition an event everyone would always look forward to. He said

My support for private universities was not aimed at killing public institutions but to engender healthy rivalry and competition and encourage the private sector to participate in the development of the nation’s university system.

The representative of Diamond Bank, who is also the Regional Director (West), Mr. Sola Ajayi, said the financial institution’s support for the debate was part of its commitment to the rejuvenation of the country.

April 6, 2013 |

No JAMB Registration, No Mobilisation For Corps Members – NYSC Insist

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National Youth Service Corps - NYSC The NYSC Director, Public Relation, Mrs Bosede Aribigbe, on Tuesday advised prospective corps members to obtain their JAMB registration numbers, to avoid demobilisation.

Aribigbe  in Abuja said  that one of the requirements for participation in the orientation exercise was the presentation of JAMB registration number.

According to her, only corps members, who are duly qualified and registered with JAMB will be mobilised for the scheme.

She, therefore, advised prospective corps members to obtain their registration numbers from JAMB to qualify for the exercise.

Aribigbe said: “I am advising the prospective corps members to make sure that they obtain their JAMB registration numbers to be able to participate in the orientation exercise.

“They must liaise with their Students Affairs Department to be able to secure the JAMB registration numbers, if they do not have it.

“Parents and guardians of those who are going for degrees and HND through remedial should encourage their wards to obtain the registration number, to enable them participate in the exercise.

“This category of students should give the registration number to their student affairs departments immediately they secure it, to ensure they will participate in the scheme.”

She said that the pre-mobilisation workshop for the 2013 Batch ‘B’ exercise was billed to hold in April.

She recalled that some of the prospective corps members due for mobilisation in the 2013 Batch `A’ exercise could not do so, due to failure to present JAMB registration numbers.

She disclosed that the 2013 Batch ‘A‘ orientation exercise for corps members deployed to Yobe and Borno would hold from April 4, to April 25 in the Nasarawa and Benue camps.

She also said that 70,000 corps members were mobilised for the 2013 Batch `A’ orientation exercise nationwide.

NAN reports that the scheme had in a statement signed by the NYSC Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Nnamdi Okore-Affia, also advised corps producing institutions to abide by the admission quota.

The statement issued on Feb. 13, reveals that the quota system was approved by National Universities Commission and National Board for Technical Education, which are education regulatory agencies.

The statement further revealed that graduates of institutions whose courses were not duly accredited would also not be allowed to participate in the orientation exercise.


Source: Vanguard Newspaper

April 3, 2013 |

Google Student Ambassador Program 2013

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Google Student AmbassadorIt’s that time of the year again, when we select students from universities across Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) to be part the Google Student Ambassador program.

In 2010, the Google Student Ambassador Program in SSA was launched with Ambassadors selected from 28 universities in 6 countries – Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Rwanda.  The second year of the program saw tremendous growth as it expanded from 6 to 12 countries, and grew from 28 to 97 universities with 160 Ambassadors within 1 year.

Google Student Ambassadors (GSAs) are student leaders on campus whose mission is to use technology to make a difference, not only in their universities, but also in their communities more widely. It provides an opportunity for students to act as liaisons between Google and their universities. Ambassadors plan and host several events during the school year, introduce students to new Google products and features and act as a campus contact for Google teams.

Eligibility: This program is open to all students across different universities.

Benefits:
As a Google Student Ambassador, you will:

  • Receive regular updates about exciting new Google products / features, programs and announcements
  • Enhance your professional development, leadership, technical and communication skills
  • Be eligible to participate in special Google events, product training and be considered for local internships
  • Exchange best practices with Ambassadors from other schools and disciplines
  • Add the Google Student Ambassador Program experience to your resume
  • Get your own Google SWAG

Application: If you’re inspired to participate in the Google Student Ambassador Program, you are invited to enter for the 2013 program. Eligible students from all backgrounds should complete the application form.

Deadline: 11th April, 2013

March 20, 2013 |

Expert Hails JAMB’s Adoption of CBT

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Against the ongoing controversy trailing the planned use of the Computer-Based Testing (CBT) method during the forthcoming Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB), the Managing Director of Dragnet Solutions, Nigeria’s first indigenous CBT solution provider, Mr. Robert Ikazoboh, has praised the decision, saying its success would be a boost to efforts being made to curb examination malpractice and achieve accuracy.

He said the exam body deserves commendation for taking the bold step.

I think JAMB should be praised for this development. The truth is that it is inevitable that Nigeria would adopt it; so why not start now?

This CBT move will drag Nigeria into the realities of the 21st Century as far as education, assessments and testing are concerned and that is why we should commend and support the initiative.”

Speaking on the directive by the House of Representatives that the plan of adopting CBT be suspended for now, Ikazoboh noted that the reservations expressed towards the move were understandable, given that it had never been tried before. “I can understand all the agitations that the CBT concept has generated. It is something new to the Nigerian system and that’s why people are suspicious of it.

Indeed, education is such a delicate thing and if you understand that it is the powerhouse of any serious nation, you will then see why members of the National Assembly are treading with caution. But I want to appeal to them to give it a chance. Technology is the future and CBT is the future of education in Nigeria. The benefits of it are so numerous that we can’t afford to be left behind.

“The beauty of what JAMB is doing is that it is not forcing the method down the throats of everyone taking the exam this year. JAMB has come out to say that they will start this year with a pilot scheme.
They will be using it along with the Paper to Pen Testing (PPT) until 2015, when CBT will fully come on board for all JAMB examinations. Within that frame of time, JAMB would have tested the system, discovered the lapses and rectified them.


Source: National Mirror Website

March 20, 2013 |

Capacity Building Workshop on Broiler Production for Youths of Secondary Schools

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The Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Ogun State, Mrs. Ronke Sokefun has described the Capacity Building and Extension Mandate Programmes by Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) as highly laudable and capable of addressing the food security challenges in the country.

Mrs. Sokefun made this disclosure in an address she delivered at a Capacity Building Workshop on Broiler Production for Youths of Secondary Schools in Ogun State organized by the Extension and Adaptive Research (EAR) programme arm of the Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC).

Speaking on the relevance of the workshop to agricultural development in Ogun State, the Honourable Commissioner who was represented by Deputy Director, Livestock Services, Mr. Emmanuel Oluseye Adeosun noted that the workshop would aid in the attainment of self sufficiency in poultry meat production, create employment for the teeming youths through entrepreneurship development and improve the nutritional status of the populace.

According to the Honourable Commissioner, the Capacity Building Workshop will also “Encourage Broiler Production and reduce our over dependence on beef as the source of animal protein, as well as enhance the income of schools/farmers engaged in broiler production ventures.

Mrs. Sokefun disclosed that the state government is highly impressed with the University’s record in youth development adding that “we wish to complement the effort by involving schools which had undertook such in our school Agricultural programme”.

The Honourable Commissioner also solicited for an effective synergy between FUNAAB and Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture and all its parastatals in the area of training and retraining to facilitate comprehensive extension programme as well as create an effective link with private sector for commercialization of various research findings.

Corroborating the Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, the Honourable Commission for Education, Barrister Segun Odubela who was represented by Alhaji Ambali Ishola, a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, stated that the immense benefit obtainable from the investment and development of agricultural activities cannot be over emphasized.

According to him, the greatest launch to be experienced will not be from rockets but from the farms of dedicated agronomists and farmers.

March 11, 2013 |

Nestle Partners Ogun, NGO on School-Child Nutrition

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Nestle LogoTowards raising awareness on the importance of good nutrition and healthy life-style among school-age children in Nigeria, the Ogun State government has expressed its readiness to partner with Nestle Nigeria Plc.

Disclosing this was the Managing Director of Nestle, Martin Woolnough, at an healthy kids teachers’ workshop in Abeokuta, recently.

He said the participants would play cogent role by imparting relevant knowledge on the kids when they return to their various schools.

The company also partnered with a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Centre for Health Education, Population and Nutrition (CHEPON).

Woolnough, who spoke through Dr. Samuel Adenekan, noted that the workshop would lay serious emphasises on arming the teachers with nutritional skills and modern teaching methods.

He disclosed that the objective, if achieved, would also help the younger ones adopt good eating habit, promote healthy and reduce the risk of disease.

He said that the teachers, who had been selected across the 20 local government areas of the state, would assist to inculcate the habit of healthy eating in the children.

The Managing Director added that the programme was a powerful tool at ensuring that children understand the value of nutrition, physical exercises and imbibe such values for healthy living throughout their lifetime.

One of the objectives of Nestle healthy kids teachers’ workshop is to ensure that the healthy kids teachers use innovative nutrition education techniques because teachers often need more help with innovative techniques than with content.

The programme forms an integral part of our commitment to improving global nutrition through the promotion of greater awareness, improved knowledge and effective practice of healthy eating and regular physical activity, which would have positive impact on health.”

The state Commissioner for Education, Mr. Segun Odubela, stated that the training would afford the participants the opportunity to sharpen their nutritional teaching and learning skills as it affects the health of the younger ones.

Odubela added that the workshop would have positive impact on the service delivery of school teachers in the state.


Source: Nigerian Tribune Website

March 8, 2013 |

Commisioner Stresses Need to Impact Spirit of Entrepreneurial Skills in Students

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The Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Segun Odubela, says the introduction of entrepreneurial skills into schools’ curriculum would go a long way in spurring students’ interest in the area of agriculture.

Barrister Odubela gave this advice at a capacity building workshop organized by the extension of Adaptive Research Programme of Agriculture and Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC) on broilers production for Secondary School students in the State, held at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).

Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Alhaji Ambali Ishola, the Commissioner said the training was quite significant not only because of the uniqueness of participants, but for the inevitability of its purpose, adding that if well utilized, the knowledge to be acquired on broiler production would help boost animal protein production and supply in Nigeria. “Recently, the government took the bull by the horn by selecting 80 secondary schools in the state which were to specialize in Arable Crop production such as cassava, maize and animal production, like poultry and fishery.

All these schools were supplied with all the necessary input. The essence of the project was to arouse the interest of students in the area of agriculture and make use of the readily available labour in the School in order to make our secondary schools the food basket of the state” Odubela said. He explained that the rate at which food was being produced in the world is at an arithmetic progression, while the world population was growing at the geometric progression, saying that in order to safeguard the ugly situation, all hands must be on deck.

Earlier in his address, the Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole said

the University through AMREC had trained over 650 students from about 16 secondary schools in various agricultural enterprises.

This he said included workshop on swine production, fish farming and rabbit production.He however implored the state Ministries of Education and Agriculture to lend support to the noble project most especially now that animal husbandry had been made one of the entrepreneurship subjects in secondary schools

March 5, 2013 |

Goveror Amosun Urge Teachers to Inculcate Moral Values in Students

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Stakeholders in the education sector, particularly teachers need to instill discipline and inculcate proper moral values in their students in order for them to make meaningful contributions to the socio-economic growth of the Nigerian nation.

Ogun State helmsman, Senator Ibikunle Amosun gave this assignment at the 48th Anniversary of Remo Divisional School, Sagamu during which he commissioned some buildings renovated by the Old Students Association.

Represented by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Segun Odubela, Senator Amosun observed that as future leaders, students must be trained and prepared adequately for the challenges ahead, advising teachers and school authority to ensure discipline among the students.

He reiterated the commitment of his administration to providing qualitative free education, reminding that since inception, his government had embarked on massive rehabilitation of school infrastructure and provided students with free text books and instructional materials. Governor Amosun commended members of the school’s Old Students Association for ploughing back into their alma mata and enjoined other similar associations to take a cue. On her part, Chairman, Teaching Service Commission, Ms Olubukunola Onabanjo represented by Commissioner II in the Commission, Hon. Akeem Bello, submitted that acceptable moral behaviour was gradually fading away among students and underscored the need for the educational system to reverse the trend.

She admonished students in the State to make determination, direction, discipline and self denial their watchwords for a better future. Speaking earlier, the National Chairman of the Association, Mr. Joseph Mofopefoluwa urged the State government to constitute a Board of Governor for the school to ensure quality control and effective implementation of the curriculum and discipline among students.

March 5, 2013 |

Governor Appreciate Legacies Bequeathed on Ogun State

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Governor-AmosunOgun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has said the present generation of Ogun indigenes are proud inheritors of worthy legacies bequeathed by the founding fathers of the state. He promised that his administration would not only sustain those legacies but build on them.

The governor disclosed this yesterday in Abeokuta during the 18th Annual ThisDay Awards with the theme, Celebrating Nigeria’s Best Teachers, at the newly redesigned June 12 Cultural Centre. He said the state and entire South-West Nigeria were eternally grateful to the late sage and premier of Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, for introducing free education in the region in 1955.

Our administration has built on that legacy by introducing functional free education at the primary and secondary levels that includes free textbooks and instructional materials, construction and rehabilitation of school buildings, regular payment of teachers’ salaries, training and retraining of teachers, promotion of staff as and when due and construction of world-class model schools across the three senatorial districts of the state

Amosun recalled the immense contributions of the likes of Reverend Israel Oludotun Ransome Kuti, Chief S. O. Awokoya, Chief Jonathan Odebiyi, Chief J. F. Odunjo, Dr. Tai Solarin, Prof. Afolabi Olabimtan, among others, to the development of education and promised that his government would continue to invest massively in the teaching profession in order to restore the glory of education in the state.

Speaking at the event, the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, said “honouring teachers is the most important thing of all.” He explained that “too much inequality limits growth and opportunities and unemployment is a source of instability all over the world.” He called on governments across the world to invest in their people as “economic power belongs to those that maxzimise the capacity of their people through education.” Governors Ibikunle Amosun and Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State were also honoured for their exemplary commitment to the welfare of teachers at the colourful ceremony attended by the cream of the Nigerian society.

March 1, 2013 |

Ogun Universities Ranked Highly

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logo of two leading Universities in NigeriaThe latest webometric ranking done for global universities by Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de investigacoues, Spain was released on February 6, this year. The Cybermetrics Lab, is devoted to the quantitative analysis of the Internet and Web contents specially those related to the processes of generation and scholarly communication of scientific knowledge.

This release analysed 21,250 Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) globally, including 126 HEI in Nigeria.

In the top 10 positions in Nigeria are two universities sited in Ogun state namely Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) and Covenant University, Ota (CU).

FUNAAB beat other 121 universities in the country to clinch the second position in Nigeria and 29th in the league of 814 higher educational institutions in Africa. CU ranked 10th in Nigeria and 75th in Africa.

Further analysis of the report reveals that FUNAAB, is the best university of agriculture in Africa. Similarly, it  places Covenant University, Ota, ahead of the 50 private universities in the country.

March 1, 2013 |

Redeemers School Shines At ‘Know Your History’ Contest

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Know Your History competitionRedeemers High School, Redemption Camp, Ogun State, has emerged the overall best school in the final of the 2013 ‘Know Your History’ National History Competition involving 12 top secondary schools across the nation.

Though the school faced a fierce challenge from Lagoon Secondary School, Lagos and eleven other top colleges drawn from the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Ogun  and Lagos States, it was adjudged the best after the keen contest.

The Co-ordinator of the National History Competition, Mr. James Onimisi, said the winners in the junior and senior categories of the contest went home with a laptop each, while the second and third placed winners went home with plaques and medals.

Trophies, he said, were awarded to the first placed schools in the junior and secondary Categories.

At the end of the competition, Redeemer’s Secondary School emerged winner of the competition in both the senior and junior category taking home the golden cup and mini laptops. Lagoon Secondary School, Lagos and Word of Faith Schools, FCT, Abuja took second and third place respectively in the senior category while in the junior category, Grace High School, Gbagada, Lagos and Christ the Redeemer’s College, Sagamu came second and third respectively.

‘Know Your History’ Competition was first held in 2010 at the Centre for Management Development, Magodo, Lagos with the aim of making Nigeria’s rich history come alive among youths and adults by engaging them in the discovery of the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past.

The second edition of this competition took place over the weekend at the School hall in Agidingbi, Ikeja with the theme ‘Leaders in History’. It featured questions on people and events in the 1900’s, slogans of states amongst others in both senior and junior category. It was also spiced up with cultural display by Home Science Secondary School’s Cultural troupe who thrilled the audience with the Atelogwu dance steps. Also, Saint Jude’s music band was not left out as they sang familiar tunes to the audience.

The competition is open to all students in Arts, Commercial, Sciences, Technical and Social Sciences classes in the nation’s school system.

This year’s competition which held at Dansol College main Auditorium with the theme “Leaders in History” was attended by notable dignitaries such as the Head, Department of History and Diplomatic Studies, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Dr. Lanre Davies,  who represented Prof. Ayodeji Olukoju, a professor of History and Maritime Studies and Vice-Chancellor of Caleb University, Lagos.


Source: The Punch Online

March 1, 2013 |

ThisDAY Honours Exceptional Retired Teachers

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Pa Dotun Oyewole speaks after  receiving his award. Standing with him are President Bill Clinton and Governor Ibikunle Amosun

Pa Dotun Oyewole speaks after receiving his award. Standing with him are President Bill Clinton and Governor Ibikunle Amosun

Nigeria’s Thisday newspaper has recognised some prominent retired teachers and administrators for their past services to Nigeria.

At an award ceremony in Abeokuta, Ogun state, attended by the former US President Bill Clinton, the honored teachers were also presented with a N2m cheque each.

Some of the awardees are the former teacher of the state governor, Chief Dotun Oyewole, a Caribbean Catholic father who said he has been in the country since 1961, Revd.Ft. Angus Fraser,Chief Reuben Majekodunmi, Mrs Dorothy Ugwu, Hadiza Thani Muhammed, Mr Yakub Dimka, Mrs Christie Ade- Ajayi, Hameed Bawa Faskari, Mrs Victoria Jolayemi, Chief D.B.E Ossai and four dons from Nigerian Universities. They are Professor Iya Abubakar,Prof.Michael Obadan, Prof.Frank Ugiomoh and Prof.Eunice Nkiruka Uzodike.

Nduka Obaigbena, publisher of the newspaper said his organisation will not relent in celebrating excellence in the country, a reason it decided to honor teachers.

Teachers are the moulders of the future leaders. They have played a vital roles in the emergence of all of us here and gone are the days when people will be saying the teachers rewards is in heaven. We need to celebrate them and let them appreciate the job more by ensuring that their rewards are being given to them right here on earth

He disclosed that 750 nominees were collected and a joint panel headed by the the former Vice President of the World Bank, Oby Ezekwesili and the Vice Presidential candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN during the last Presidential election, Mr Fola Adeola screened them.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun thanked ThisDay for bringing the programme to the state which it described as the gateway to education and industries in the country.

Amosun posited that the state will harp on the opportunity to promote the two key sectors, education and agriculture, which according to him, are the focus of the state.

Both Governor Amosun and Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan were also honoured for supporting education in their states.


Source: PM News

February 28, 2013 |

Ogun Supports Establishment of Catholic University

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catholic university promoter meet governorOgun State government has expressed its readiness to collaborate with the promoters of Loyola Jesuit University in order to fast-track its establishment in the state. Loyola Jesuit University is the first Catholic university in Africa, to be situated at Ogbere in Ogun State.

Speaking while receiving the delegation of the Catholic Diocese of Ijebu-Ode, led by its Bishop, Most Revd Albert Fashina, the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, said his administration would continue to give utmost attention and recognition to any group seeking to promote the development of education in the state.

Education, you will recall, is the first of our five cardinal programmes and has continued to take the lion’s share of our yearly budget because of our commitment to restore the glory of the sector. We will therefore support wholeheartedly any  noble private initiative in the sector

He promised to immediately look into the process of fast-tracking the approval for land as well as assist in opening up the road leading to the site of the institution.

Earlier in his remarks, the Catholic Bishop of Ijebu-Ode Diocese, Most Revd Albert Fashina, lauded the efforts of the present administration in the education sector, adding that

various states of the federation have signified interest in having the University situated in their domain, but the promoters have chosen Ogun because of its comparative advantage.

Most Revd. Fasina disclosed that the University would run a multi-campus structure, thereby drawing students from Africa as well as all parts of the world.

February 18, 2013 |

Ogun to Streamline Private Schools’ Taxation

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Logo - Ogun StateOgun State Government says it is considering sponsoring a bill in the State House of Assembly to streamline the various tax payable by proprietors of private primary and secondary schools in the state.

The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Segun Odubela, who dropped this hint during an interaction with newsmen in Abeokuta on Tuesday denied allegation that they were been charged multiple taxes. Odubela identified some of the fees required to be paid by the proprietors to include: registration, upgrading, renewable fees, signage commercial premises and Personal Income Tax.

He appealed to people in the state to endeavour to meet all conditions for the establishment of schools before operating them and seeking approval and registrations from relevant bodies. Explaining further, the Director of Primary, Special and Higher Education, Elder Adekunle Adegbesan listed the fees expected to be paid by proprietors of primary schools in the state to include accreditation fee ( N30,000), inspection fee (N30,000) and approval fee N50,000.

Elder Adegbesan explained that approval fees depends on the number of pupils in the school as 1.5 per cent of the tuition fees of each pupils is expected to be paid.

Also, the Director of Secondary School, Sunday Sokeye urged present and prospective proprietors of private secondary schools in the state to obtain registration booklet to get themselves acquainted with the registration and renewal procedure and requirements. Sokeye added that the Ministry of Education had put measures in place to ensure cashless process in the payment of the fees.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology says it will soon commence the recruitment of more teachers to address the challenges of shortage of teachers across the state public primary and secondary schools. Odubela, who is the commissioner of the ministry said the focus of the present administration was to reduce to the barest minimum the over population of students in the classrooms as well as improve the students performance in external exams, among others.


Source: National Mirror

February 8, 2013 |

Obasanjo Library to Train Pupils on Security

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Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library

Coordinator of the Centre for Human Security, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Prof. Peter Okebukola, has said that secondary school

pupils will be trained on human security challenges facing Africa.

Okebukola disclosed this in Abeokuta on Tuesday during the maiden edition of the “African Regional inter-Collegiate Debate on Human Security”, organised for selected secondary schools across the continent.

He stressed that the centre was poised to contribute its quota towards ensuring human security on the continent.

According to the CHS director, African countries, including Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Namibia, Togo and Liberia, will participate in the contest.
Okebukola said the debate was put in place to enable the younger ones proffer solutions to some of the human security challenges confronting Africans.

He also disclosed that the suggestions received from the pupils would be forwarded to the African Union and individual countries for necessary implementation.

“Human security is topical and it’s not being limited to being secured by policemen. Human security has to do food security.

When you are being well fed, you are secured. When you are in a good state of health; when you have education, you are secure. When your environment is conducive, you are secure.  Human security is a spectrum.

“We want our youths to be able to look at the challenges confronting Africa in the area of human security. We want to give suggestions as to how these challenges can be tackled. So, from the minds  of the youths, we can get very exciting and sustainable solutions.

“At the end of this debate, we are sure that we will be able to harvest a very rich stock of solutions to the issue of human security challenges facing Africa today. When we have these suggestions, the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Centre for Human Security will then use them to develop its programmes and projects for the coming year.

February 8, 2013 |

Ogun to Upgrade College to ND/HND Awarding Institution

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Determined to re-position the Ogun State Cooperative College, Ijeja, Abeokuta, government has began move to upgrade its status to a National and Higher National awarding Institution. Just as it paid N2m affiliation fees of the state owned Cooperative College and the Social Development Institute, Shasha, Iperu Remo, owed the Olabisi Onabanjo University resulting from the default of the immediate past administration.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Community Development and Cooperatives, Mrs. Yemi Olanrewaju who disclosed this in a statement by the Spokesman of the Ministry, Mr. Ayokunle Ewuoso, said her ministry which supervises the College would soon forward a proposal to the office of the governor concerning the proposed upgrading of the institution for approval.

She said “About a month ago, that is in December we sent the assistant registrar of the college to Kaduna and get information as regards the requirement for the upgrading of the school which he did and he brought in all the documents. Right now we are working on the nifty gritty of the documents, so that by the time we pass it on to Mr. Governor we would have done our own end of the requirement and then be able to advise the government appropriately”.

Shedding light on the recent payment of N2m affiliation fees owed Olabisi Onabanjo University by the present administration; Mrs. Olanrewaju said the refusal on the part of the immediate past administration to upset the bill has led to having students of Social Development Institute (SDI) and Ogun State Cooperative College not graduating in the last seven years. She said the money had accumulated over the period of four years during the tenure of the last administration noting that the gesture by the government was a pointer to the fact that it is committed to ensuring academic excellence in all the state owned institutions which the college was not an exception.


Source: www.ogtv.com.ng

January 29, 2013 |

2013 BUDGET: Again Education Gets Lion Share In Ogun

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Ogun State LogoThe Ogun State Government has earmarked N44.3b to Education in the 2013 fiscal year, representing Twenty-one percent (21%) out of the total budget of N211.79b.

The state commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mrs. Oluwande Muoyo, gave the figure during the Budget breakdown session for 2013 held at the Cultural center, in Abeokuta yesterday.

The event was attended by Top government functionaries, Civil Society Organisations, Professional Groups and Members of the public.
Mrs. Muoyo said some of the projects that would be executed by the Ministry of Education this year include the completion of fifteen Model schools, which commenced last year as well as the construction of additional thirteen.

In addition, the budget will also cover the provision of equipment for seven science and technical colleges as well as some secondary schools. She said projects aimed at achieving the 5-point agenda of the administration will gulp N138.3b, representing Sixty-five(65%) of the 2013 budget.

The commissioner explained that the budget, which is tagged ‘Budget for Sustainable Growth,’ has been designed to build on the successes of the 2012 budget which was the first full budget to be executed by the current administration.

In this regard, Mrs Muoyo said the state government will continue with its massive Infrastructural development across all the local government areas of the state. The budget breakdown further shows that N116.9b (55%) has been earmarked for Capital projects, while recurrent expenditure accounts for N94.8b (45%).

According to her, the government expects to fund this year’s budget through Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), which it expects to be 35%, Federation Account-35%, and Capital Receipts-30%.

The state commissioner for Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who was also at the event said the government expects to rake in more revenue this year through taxes since the government has embarked on an aggressive drive to sensitize those living in the border areas on the ‘Residency Rule’ which stipulates that taxes must be paid in the state of residence.

Other top functionaries at the session include the State Commissioners for Information and Strategy, Agriculture, Health, Housing and Women Affairs and Social Development, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu, Mrs. Ronke Sokefun, Dr. Olaokun Soyinka, Mr. Daniel Adejobi and Mrs. Elizabeth Sonubi respectively.


Source: Ogtv Website

January 24, 2013 |

TASUED Gets New VC

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Logo TASUED smallThe Ogun State Government has approved the appointment of Professor Oluyemisi Oluremi OBILADE as the new Vice-Chancellor of the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun. The appointment takes immediate effect. In accordance with the laws establishing the University, Government has also relieved the current Vice-Chancellor, Professor Segun Awonusi, of his appointment.

The new Vice Chancellor is the Acting Commissioner for Health in Osun state, Prof. Oluyemisi Oluremi Obilade, the third to occupy the post.

Prof. Obilade is a seasoned educationist and Professor of Education in the Department of Continuing Education, Faculty of Education of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She has a Doctorate degree in Education from the Obafemi Awolowo University , she also holds Executive Business Education Certificates of the Havard Business School, Harvard University , United States of America as well as that of Judge Business School , Cambridge University , United Kingdom .

Prof. Obilade, who has teaching experience spanning over 30 years, was at various times Commissioner for Education and Acting Commissioner for Health in Osun State.

She belongs to various professional bodies including the Nigerian National Council for Adult Education (NNCAE), Nigeria Society of Educators (NSE), Adult Education and Poverty Reduction Network, United Kingdom, among others.

Professor Obilade is a Fellow of H.E.R.S Academy, Cape Town, South Africa and International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation, Washington DC, United States of America.

She is married to Professor T.O. Obilade and they have four children

January 10, 2013 |

Amosun Gives Cash Awards To Best Teachers, Students

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Governor Ibikunle Amosun

Senator Ibikunle Amosun – Governor, Ogun State

The Ogun State Government today demonstrated its belief that teachers need not get to heaven before they are rewarded as the Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun presented various cash awards to some teachers who emerged as winners at the “2012 Presidential Teachers and School Excellence Award” held in Abuja last year.

At the event, some secondary school students who did the State proud at various national academic competitions were equally rewarded.

Speaking at the ceremony, Senator Amosun represented by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Segun Odubela, said the cash reward was a fulfillment of an earlier pledge and appreciation of the giant strides of the awardees in order to motivate others to perform excellently.

The Governor reiterated that his administration would continue to take steps necessary to provide qualitative education, enhance teaching and learning through provision of facilities, while those who achieved academic excellence would always be rewarded.

“Our Government will continually provide all the impetus for all- round transformation of the education sector in the State to maintain our leading position, Ogun State shall remain the best” Governor Amosun submitted.

The awardees included Mr. Adeniji Olufemi, the overall Best School Administrator in Nigeria in the Secondary Schools category, Alhaji Nosiru Alli, winner of Junior Secondary category and Alhaji Musibau Ayinde Falade, the second Best School Head Teacher in the Primary School category in the country.

Others are Mr. Sobande Abidemi Olakunle who emerged as the second Best Teacher in the Junior Secondary category and Mrs. Sotonwa Tanimowo, the third Best Primary School Teacher in the country.

Also on the awardees list were Master Uwa Benjamin, winner of Cowbell Mathematics Competition and Miss Christianah Adeloye, the 2011 Best candidate in the West African Senior Secondary Examination in the country and 2nd best in West Africa and Omoniyi Ayodeji, the 2012 Best candidate in the West African Senior Secondary Examination.

Responding on behalf of other awardees, Mr. Adeniji Olufemi noted that the education sector in the State had been repositioned through the free and qualitative education policy of the government, saying an indication to this was the marked increase in students’ enrolment in public schools.

He also appreciated the Governor for the gesture, submitting that it would spur the awardees and others to perform better.

January 9, 2013 |

Public School Enrolment Soars In Ogun State

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OgunStateLogoEnrollment figures for public primary and secondary schools in Ogun State have been on the upward swing since the advent of the Senator Ibikunle Amosun administration, investigations have revealed. Governor Ibikunle Amosun, during his inauguration on May 29, 2011, had declared free education in all public primary and secondary schools, insisting that “government owes the citizenry the duty to ensure that education at the two levels remains free to allow the children of the under privileged to benefit.”

The administration then followed up the declaration with distribution of free instructional materials and textbooks to the school pupils.Parents responded positively to the development by sending their children to public schools, as figures gleaned from the Department of Planning, Research and Statistics of the state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, indicate that enrollment figures in the two tiers of education have risen significantly. Enrollment for Secondary schools, which stood at 292,324 in 2010/2011 academic year, had risen to 387,915 in 2011/2012 academic session.

Enrollment for primary schools equally jumped from 406,890 in the 2010/2011 academic session to 506,002 in 2012/2013 session. Observers believe that this development is an expression of confidence by parents in the Free Education Policy of the State Government. Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Dr Tunji Abimbola, attributed the numerical increase also to the total over hauling of the education sector, which was nearly comatose before the inauguration of the present administration. He explained that the Amosun’s policy of free instructional materials and textbooks to pupils, continuous rehabilitation of school buildings, regular payment of teachers’ salaries, training and retraining of teachers, promotion of staff as and when due,restoration of running cost to government schools, among others, had combined to make public education attractive again to the citizens. “Interestingly, these efforts by the state government have had negative impact on the enrollment figures for private schools in the state as most of the proprietors now groan under low patronage,” he said.

The Special Adviser, who allayed fears over the rise in enrollment figures, said the 26 model schools under construction would be ready to absorb more students from the next academic session.

January 7, 2013 |

School Donates Boreholes To Ogun Community

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A private secondary school, Vanguards Academy, has donated boreholes to its host community, Odosengolu, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State as part of its corporate social responsibility.

The Chairman School’s Management Board, Alhaji Dawud Arogundade, said during the inauguration of the boreholes on Saturday that scarcity of water in the community was an issue that needed attention.

He said, “We felt it was a social responsibility. Road repairs, provision of free health care, facilitating provision of transformer to the community, and the provision of potable water are all efforts we felt needed to be carried out in this community.

“This is to further cement the already cordial relationship existing between the school and the community.”

Arogundade called on the government at all levels to support private school owners through subventions. “Nigeria’s ability to realise its vision as one of the 20 largest economies in the world by 2020 is largely dependent on its capacity to produce highly skilled and competent citizens for global competitiveness,” he said.

Chairman, Ijebu-Ode Local Government Area, Mr. Razak Daddah, led some of the council officials to the inauguration.

Daddah hailed the school’s efforts and its achievement in quality education. “For me the school has done very well for the community, that is why we have been clamouring that corporate organisations should endeavour to undertake its cooperate social responsibilities,” he said.

The council boss urged the community to ensure proper maintenance of the water provided for them by the school.

“The school should continue to sustain the standard it has set, which has endeared it to the state government,” he said.


Source: Punch Newspaper

December 28, 2012 |
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