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Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde

vernments and other stakeholders in the society have been urged to invest more on education, as it remained the only way to end entrenched poverty in any society.

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, who made the call while speaking at the 8th Convocation ceremony of Wesley University, Ondo, said that education remains the surest way of breaking the chains of poverty.

The Governor, who was represented by his Executive Assistant (Administration), Revd. Idowu Ogedengbe, said that investing in education would lead to accelerated development.

Makinde was the special guest of honour at the 8th Convocation Ceremony of the Wesley University, where he spoke on the topic “investing in education for accelerated development.”

A statement signed by the Special Assistant (Print Media) to the Governor, Moses Alao, quoted him as saying that it has become imperative to invest more on education, because it is essential in the development of a skilled workforce for the future and accelerating economic growth and development.

Governor Makinde explained that with a more educated workforce, there would be increased human capital development, which in turn would enhance the prospects for better wages and more disposable income for consumer spending.

He said: “Investing in education is essential to developing a skilled workforce for the future and accelerating economic growth and development.

“Entrenched poverty in any society often limit access to education and ultimately leads to an unending circle of poverty. This is why the government and other stakeholders in the private sector must provide the necessary resources to enhance qualitative education.

“Invariably, a more educated workforce leads to increased human capital development thus enhancing the prospects for better wages and more disposable income for consumer spending.”

The Governor maintained that Oyo State, under his leadership, has already taken up that challenge to invest more on education by alloting 22.3 percent of the state’s 2020 budget to education.

According to him, the decision underpinned the Government’s commitment to exploring education to break the poverty barrier and empower the people for a lifetime.

Governor Makinde pointed out that though the Government’s free qualitative education policy, provision of free textbooks and notebooks, provision of virtual textbooks for download, and the recent allocation of 22.37 per cent to education in the 2020, were positive investments, it was still facing challenges in the area of teacher recruitment, training and workforce development.

He called on the higher institutions of learning to concentrate more efforts on producing more graduates in the teaching profession, saying: “However, we are having challenges with teacher recruitment, training, and workforce development and would appreciate the support of our higher institutions of learning towards producing more graduates who will pursue the teaching profession as their career of first choice and not those who only find themselves in the teaching profession just to make ends meet. Our desire is to achieve the UNESCO recommendation of one teacher to thirty-five pupils, 1:35, in the not too distant future.”

Governor Makinde commended the strides already achieved by the Wesley University, noting that the 8th convocation ceremony bore a great testament to the invaluable contributions the University had been making towards the development of skilled manpower for the various sectors of the Nigerian economy.

He added that the university community remained a critical stakeholder in the society, which must be seen to be actively engaging and working together with the government, as there is a compelling need for the gown to consistently collaborate with the town for development to take place.

He said: “No doubt the university community is a critical stakeholder in our society and must be seen to be actively engaging and working together with the government. In this regard, there is a compelling need for the gown to consistently collaborate with the town.

“Let me use the opportunity of this 8th Convocation Ceremony to commend the enviable strides that have been made by the Wesley University Ondo as one of the leading faith-based university of excellence in Nigeria. What we are witnessing today clearly attests to the invaluable contributions that you are making towards the development of skilled manpower for the various sectors of the Nigerian economy.

“May I also use this opportunity to challenge the authorities in this great citadel of learning to consistently build the content of your curriculum to mirror the changing realities in the global community in such a way that graduates have appropriate practical skills in their chosen field.

“Considering the limited opportunities for white collar jobs, what we critically need today is the nurturing of entrepreneurial skills among our youths, particularly those graduating from our universities.”

The Governor congratulated the graduating students, encouraging them to go into the society with a vision to make a difference.

Governments and other stakeholders in the society have been urged to invest more on education, as it remained the only way to end entrenched poverty in any society.

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, who made the call while speaking at the 8th Convocation ceremony of Wesley University, Ondo, said that education remains the surest way of breaking the chains of poverty.

The Governor, who was represented by his Executive Assistant (Administration), Revd. Idowu Ogedengbe, said that investing in education would lead to accelerated development.

Makinde was the special guest of honour at the 8th Convocation Ceremony of the Wesley University, where he spoke on the topic “investing in education for accelerated development.”

A statement signed by the Special Assistant (Print Media) to the Governor, Moses Alao, quoted him as saying that it has become imperative to invest more on education, because it is essential in the development of a skilled workforce for the future and accelerating economic growth and development.

Governor Makinde explained that with a more educated workforce, there would be increased human capital development, which in turn would enhance the prospects for better wages and more disposable income for consumer spending.

He said: “Investing in education is essential to developing a skilled workforce for the future and accelerating economic growth and development.

“Entrenched poverty in any society often limit access to education and ultimately leads to an unending circle of poverty. This is why the government and other stakeholders in the private sector must provide the necessary resources to enhance qualitative education.

“Invariably, a more educated workforce leads to increased human capital development thus enhancing the prospects for better wages and more disposable income for consumer spending.”

The Governor maintained that Oyo State, under his leadership, has already taken up that challenge to invest more on education by alloting 22.3 percent of the state’s 2020 budget to education.

According to him, the decision underpinned the Government’s commitment to exploring education to break the poverty barrier and empower the people for a lifetime.

Governor Makinde pointed out that though the Government’s free qualitative education policy, provision of free textbooks and notebooks, provision of virtual textbooks for download, and the recent allocation of 22.37 per cent to education in the 2020, were positive investments, it was still facing challenges in the area of teacher recruitment, training and workforce development.

He called on the higher institutions of learning to concentrate more efforts on producing more graduates in the teaching profession, saying: “However, we are having challenges with teacher recruitment, training, and workforce development and would appreciate the support of our higher institutions of learning towards producing more graduates who will pursue the teaching profession as their career of first choice and not those who only find themselves in the teaching profession just to make ends meet. Our desire is to achieve the UNESCO recommendation of one teacher to thirty-five pupils, 1:35, in the not too distant future.”

Governor Makinde commended the strides already achieved by the Wesley University, noting that the 8th convocation ceremony bore a great testament to the invaluable contributions the University had been making towards the development of skilled manpower for the various sectors of the Nigerian economy.

He added that the university community remained a critical stakeholder in the society, which must be seen to be actively engaging and working together with the government, as there is a compelling need for the gown to consistently collaborate with the town for development to take place.

He said: “No doubt the university community is a critical stakeholder in our society and must be seen to be actively engaging and working together with the government. In this regard, there is a compelling need for the gown to consistently collaborate with the town.

“Let me use the opportunity of this 8th Convocation Ceremony to commend the enviable strides that have been made by the Wesley University Ondo as one of the leading faith-based university of excellence in Nigeria. What we are witnessing today clearly attests to the invaluable contributions that you are making towards the development of skilled manpower for the various sectors of the Nigerian economy.

“May I also use this opportunity to challenge the authorities in this great citadel of learning to consistently build the content of your curriculum to mirror the changing realities in the global community in such a way that graduates have appropriate practical skills in their chosen field.

“Considering the limited opportunities for white collar jobs, what we critically need today is the nurturing of entrepreneurial skills among our youths, particularly those graduating from our universities.”

The Governor congratulated the graduating students, encouraging them to go into the society with a vision to make a difference.

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Chibok students write WAEC exams for first time in six years amidst tight security

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For the first time in six years, students in Chibok local government area of Borno State are taking part in this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Chibok became popular in April, 2014 following the abduction of over 200 school girls from the Government Girls Secondary School by the terrorist group, Biko Haram

Due to this abduction and subsequent attacks by the insurgents; the Federal Government announced complete closure of other schools in the region in order to protect the students from further Boko Haram attacks.

This recent development was contained in a statement issued by the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC); 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Gen. Abdul-Khalifa Ibrahim, during a press briefing.

Ibrahim further confirmed that the school where the girls were abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists, had been converted to a mixed school.

He said: “It will be gladdening to note that for the first time in the past six years; WAEC successfully held WASSCE in Chibok with the military providing security.

“We are all witnesses to what happened in the recent past like the abduction of the Chibok girls; the slaughtering of students at Buni Yadi, and abduction of students at Dapchi. These happened in the past and we have turned around that narrative.

“Let me equally say that the Chief of Army Staff has been making deliberate efforts through the education corps to post teachers to all schools in the North-East states.”

Meanwhile, Amnesty International on Friday, September 11; urged Nigeria to release the findings of a report on rights abuses by security forces; three years after the government ordered the probe.
The campaigning group has accused security forces of hundreds of extra-judicial killings; rape; torture; as well as enforced disappearances claims the military has always denied.

A presidential panel was set up in 2017 and investigators submitted a report a year later; but it was never released to the public; a decision that Amnesty International described as “a gross display of contempt for victims”.

“Victims and the larger public in Nigeria deserve to see and scrutinise the findings,” said Osai Ojigho; Nigeria director of Amnesty in a statement.

“We are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfil the promise he made in 2015 to end impunity by immediately releasing the report,” he added.

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Covid19: ASUU blocks chances of schools reopening; says FG must adhere to its set guidelines

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan Chapter, has cautioned against the reopening of schools without provisions for schools to meet COVID-19 precautionary guidelines.

This was contained in a statement by its chairman, Prof. Ayo Akinwole, made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Sunday.

Akinwole warned against the negative effects of the pandemic on the students, lecturers and other workers if the there is not enough plans for safety precautions in the schools, saying that no financial gains is worth more than the lives of people.

Akinwole noted that before COVID-19 pandemic, public varsities were overcrowded with students and hostel facilities took more than its capacity.

The ASUU Chairman then warned parents not to jubilate at the news of a possible reopening of schools.

However, they should ask the government to put measures in place so as not to have a surge in COVID-19 that might happen as a result of ill-thought out reopening, he said.

“What we are simply saying is that the Federal Government should adhere to their own set guidelines.

“Our position, as a responsible union in all these is that; throwing schools open in the midst of all these, is an open invitation to the tragic explosion of the COVID-19 scourge on a scale never witnessed anywhere since its outbreak.”

He said that the union was aware that there had been agitations from some quarters for the government to reopen schools.

The renowned academic said that those leading the campaign are the proprietors of private universities.
He said, “ASUU is not in any way opposed to this call.

“However, Nigerians should honestly interrogate this position. Has the Nigerian government met the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) criteria on COVID – 19 protocols in our institutions?

“COVID-19 pandemic is still very much with us. It is in recognition of this fact that the government itself has rolled out certain conditions; to be met before schools are reopened.”

The ASUU chairman asked, “How many of our public institutions can confidently vouch for the safety of our children; given the available facilities such as: provision of running water for hand washing; social distancing among students?”

He listed others to include: the use of recommended face masks and shields; which are key components of NCDC protocols.

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Covid-19: Tertiary institutions will be opened “very soon” – FG

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Nigerian tertiary institutions may soon be opening their gates for resumption, the Federal government has revealed.

Recall that the educational sector was shut down in March in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease.

The Minister for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, disclosed this during a programme aired on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on Saturday.

said the federal government is also working to end the ongoing strike embarked by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

“Tertiary institutions across the country will open very soon,” he said.

“Private universities have written to us, requesting that they are allowed to reopen ahead of public institutions. Vice-chancellors have also requested that we allow them to reopen for their students in exit classes.

“We have also a lot of calls from bodies who want us to resolve the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities before reopening because some public schools which are not ASUU-prone want to take the advantage of the strike to move ahead, but that would destroy our public schools. So, we are working on all these calls.”

The minister added that the National Universities Commission (NUC) will carry out an appraisal of the state of tertiary institutions ahead of the reopening.

“We are waiting for the same from other tertiary institutions bodies so I can situate them and present to the PTF on COVID-19,” he said.

“I can’t give the NUC a deadline on this because our job at the ministry is to wait for their inputs. This is not a political decision alone.

“If you open the university system, you have opened the country.”

Nwajiuba appealed to ASUU to call off their strike because their grievances “have more or less been resolved.”

Nigeria has reported 51,905 COVID-19 cases, 38,767 recoveries and 997 fatalities as of August 22, 2020.

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