Partner with govt. in repositioning education, Stakeholders urge parents



Stakeholders have urged parents to partner with government to reposition education and motivate their wards towards their studies.

The stakeholders spoke with the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday, on the sidelines of the 59th anniversary of Methodist High School, Ibadan.

According to them, the roles of parents are pivotal to securiting all-round education for their children.

One of the stakeholders, Prof Yemi Akinrinmade, the National President, Methodist High School Old Students’Association, said that whoever thought education was a scam should try ignorance and see the outcome.

He said “the issue of motivation has a lot to do with us, the parents, as role models to our children.

“Motivation should start from individual homes because teachers are with students for just few hours everyday.

“So most of the work should have been done at home before students go to school. I will, therefore, suggest that we, as parents, should take the duty of parenting seriously.’’

Akinrinmade said that the old boys’ association had performed tremendously well by providing facilities for the use of the students in the school.

“As a major stakeholder in the development of our alma mater, we really need to come to terms with the reality currently confronting the future and development of our school.

“We can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch government policy somersaults and ever-changing political will to frontally confront the myriad of educational challenges in our time,’’ he said.

Also, Dr Ademola Idowu, the Chairman of the school’s governing board, said that the idea of having public participation in school administration, especially provision of facilities, was to reposition the education sector and return schools’ lost glories.

He commended the efforts of the old students’ association as well as the efforts of the parents in harnessing the available resources for the development of the school.

Idowu, who was of the opinion that government could not do it alone, added that the contributions of parents and old students were very important in uplifting the standard of the school.

“Government can definitely not do it all alone when it comes to funding education in the state; so partnership is key for development,’’ he said.

The SGB chairman reiterated the need for government to return schools back to their original owners, who, he said, would be much interested in moving the schools forward, even in the face of obvious challenges.

NAN reports that highlights of the event included the official handing over of library furniture to the school by the old boys and election of new officers into the national body of the association.

Edited By: Cecilia Odey and ‘Wale Sadeeq


I’m loyal to APC, not factions, says chieftain in Ibadan



Chief Rotimi Ajanaku, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), in Oyo State has distanced himself from activities of various APC factions in the state.

Ajanaku made the declaration in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Ajanaku, a renowned businessman, was House of Representatives candidate of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), for Ibadan South/West/North-West in the 2019 general election.

Ajanaku said that he was not interested in any act capable of polarising any political, business or social association he belongs to.

He said that he preferred to keep his loyalty with the main body and seek its progress.

“Of course, we all know that disunity led to formation of different groups within our party, but if sincerely addressed, normalcy will definitely return.

“Although, I don’t belong to any faction or group in APC, I am a party man and I will not support any move to factionalise the party,” Ajanaku said.

Ajanaku said that he had not been attending political meetings because he was more focused on empowering the youth through employment creation and training.

He wished all the party chieftains well as they continued to find ways of reconciling aggrieved members and move the party forward.

“I wish the leadership of the party success in its bid to reconcile all weary factions and take the party to the next level of progress,” he prayed.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN
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Oyo govt re-awards 9.7km Saki township road for N4.7bn



The Oyo State Government, on Tuesday, re-awarded the 9.7km Saki township road, which was awarded four years ago by a former governor of the state, the late Abiola Ajimobi.

Gov Seyi Makinde had on Sept. 9, announced the revocation of the project from the contractor with a promise that the contract would be re-awarded to a more competent contractor within four weeks.

The re-award of the project was made public at the end of the weekly State Executive Council meeting held on Tuesday in Ibadan.

Briefing newsman after the executive council were the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatubosun; Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo; Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Olasunkanmi Olaleye; and Commissioner for Energy, Mr Seun Ashamu,

According to Olaleye, the contract had been re-awarded to Messrs Peculiar Ltd for N4,796,000,000 and was expected to be completed within 12 months.

He said that the Gov. Ajimobi administration had previously awarded the contract for over N8 billion and the contractor paid N3 billion.

According to him, at the point of revocation of the contract on Sept. 9, the contractor had only executed work to the value of about N1 billion.

Also, the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General – Prof Oyelowo Oyewo; said the Executive Council also approved N84 million for the purchase of a fire truck as part of the efforts to upgrade the airport at Alakia in Ibadan.

Oyewo said the approval was granted to ensure that the airport under the management of Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) was safe for air travellers using the facility

According to him, the purchase of the new fire truck will enhance efforts of the Airport management to attend to all fire emergencies in the airport.

He said that the fire truck at the airport had become old “and cannot meet up with the vision of the Oyo state government to have the Ibadan Airport upgraded.

“The Council also approved a bill for the upgrade of the Ministry of Energy to Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

“The new ministry will have seven departments, which are Grid Extension and Urban Electrification, Embedded Power, Solid Minerals, Oil and Gas Services, Administration and Supply, Finance and Accounting, as well as Planning, Research and Strategy.

“The bill will be forwarded to the House of Assembly for passage into law.” Oyewo stated

The Commissioner for Energy, -Ashamu, also announced that the Executive Council had resolved to award the Gedu-Ashipa road in Oyo town, for N2.9 billion, under the Alternative Project Funding Approach.

Ashamu explained that the contractor would execute the project with his money and the government would pay back the money to the contractor before the end of the current administration.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni
Source: NAN
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IBEDC apologises to customers over poor electricity supply



The management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has apologised to its customers at Mowe, Ibafo and Magboro, all in Ogun, over poor electricity supply in the areas.

The company, in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Tuesday, said that work was already in progress to address the challenges.

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) of IBEDC, Mr John Ayodele, attributed the poor power supply being experienced in those communities to some challenges between the company and Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

According to him, the three communities get their supply from the 132KV/33KV transmission station at Oke-Aro, with only 13MV allocation by TCN, as against about 40MW required by them.

Ayodele said since TCN could not allocate the required energy to serve those communities, the only option remaining was to deploy intensive load management to ensure that customers had equal hours of daily supply.

“Another major challenge is that the 33KV, which is a straight network, is solely under the control of TCN.

“Whenever there is a fault, the normal routine is that our engineers must get an approval from TCN before repairs can commence, and this process is a bit challenging,” Ayodele said.

He added that the nature of the fault and the terrain of the network affected could also make the process more cumbersome.

The COO further explained that IBEDC was working on the reconstruction of the old Owode-Egba network to enable some of the communities benefit from the newly-inaugurated Abeokuta Transmission Station at Kobape.

“We are also appealing to our unmetered customers in this locality to take advantage of the Meter Asset Provider Scheme (MAP) to get metered.

“Our staffers are on strict schedules to ensure that customers’ issues are promptly addressed,” Ayodele said.

Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
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Work hard for brighter future, Agency urges students



The Oyo State Agency for Youth Development has urged graduating students of Ibadan Grammar School to work hard for brighter future through diligence, under good guidance and counselling.

A Deputy Director at the agency, Mrs Nancy Muraina, stated this at an empowerment and equipping summit for the outgoing senior class of 2020, in Ibadan on Tuesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the two-day summit was organised by the Ibadan Grammar School Old Students’ Association in North America (IGSOSANA).

Muraina, who spoke on the topic: “Beyond Now and Here”, said that the students should be a solution and be ready to correct things that were negative around them.

“Do everything with moderation; don’t spend too much time on the internet, chatting. Cut off time waster; dedicate yourself to your study.

“Be mindful of peer influence; bring your friends closer to your parents and let your parents know them.

“Self-control is the root of all virtues in life. Develop life skills that will set you apart and make sure you stand out.

“Major five building skills you need as a young person include making value clarification, setting goals for yourself that are realistic, specific, smart, time-bound, measurable and attainable.

“Be firm in your decision making; don’t turn yourself into a waste bin. You must be able to negotiate your way in life and be assertive,” Muraina said.

Also, Mr Tunji Adepeju, an old student of the school, in his address, said that about 460 students passing out of the school were being trained on information technology and career counselling to excel after leaving the school.

He said that this was imperative, as most public schools were now overpopulated, while some parents were not showing commitment towards their children’s education.

In his lecture, Mr Ademola Bello, also an old student and counselling psychologist, said that many factors should be considered before choosing a career, if one was to succeed in life.

“When we talk of a career, it is a sequence of experiences; it is cumulative and developmental, hence it has a lot to be considered before settling for a career,” he said.

Earlier in his welcome address, the President of IGSOSANA, Dr Adebayo Laniyonu, said that the school was noted for producing outstanding leaders in all areas of human endeavour, adding that such was expected from the 2020 set.

He commended the students for pulling through in spite of the challenges of Ebola virus, which delayed their resumption to school in 2014 and the COVID-19 pandemic as they were passing out in 2020.

Laniyonu stated that the old boys of the school in North America had instituted a scholarship award, named Engr. Seke Somolu for the best graduating boy and girl.

In his remarks, the Principal of the school, Mr Oladele Olajire, appreciated the organisers for organising the programme geared towards equipping and empowering the outgoing students.

He urged the outgoing students to make decisions that would make them to excel in their different endeavours.

“Take your choice; everybody in life has to make choices, as your destiny is in your hands after God. Hold the training you have received dearly in order to become successful in life,” Olajire said.

He advised the students to always think of what they could give back to their alma mater as they become successful in life.

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