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Governor Abiodun approves N200million annually as education intervention fund

The Ogun State  Governor, Prince  Dapo Abiodun, has disclosed that his administration has approved a sum of N200million as Annual State Education Intervention Fund, aimed to raise the bar at improving  standards of learning and encouraging academic excellence in the tertiary institutions owned by the state,

.Penpushing reports that, Abiodun made this disclosure while speaking at the 12th Convocation Ceremony of the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu- Ode, , where he also endowed the best graduating student’s award for N1million annually in honour of his late father, Dr Emmanuel Adesanya Abiodun, who passed on August 2.

The Governor, who stressed the importance of education and the need to adequately fund it, added that his administration had approved the rehabilitation of internal and access roads of tertiary institutions and the purchase of buses and other necessities for the institutions across the state.

“We have approval of N200million as Annual State Education Intervention Fund for the development of infrastructure in State owned tertiary institutions. We have approved the rehabilitation of internal and access roads of tertiary institutions and the purchase of buses and other necessities for our tertiary institutions’, he said.

“We have also approved scholarships for outstanding students in all Ogun State tertiary institutions,  approval for the payment of bursary to Ogun State indigenes in  tertiary institutions across the country, as well  as approval for Ogun State Education Intervention Fund (OGSEIF) as a Special Intervention Fund for the Education Sector”, Abiodun added.

The governor acknowledged the steady growth of  the university, which according to him has grown to connote the state’s symbol of academic excellence, honour, nobility  and   the flagship of University of Education in Nigeria.

Penpushing further reports that, Abiodun, pointed out that this, was achieved by teaching both the curriculum subject contents and the pedagogy for effective transfer of knowledge, noting that since transitioning from a College of Education and starting with only 25 PhD holders on its permanent academic staff, the university has grown to about 250, and from no Professor to 53 home-grown full Professors running 33 PhD programmes, 43 undergraduate programmes.

The Governor said the on-going massive infrastructural rehabilitation of public schools in all parts of the state was not only to provide the conducive ambience for the teaching-learning process, but also to  make the teaching profession attractive and more professional.

Penpushing also reports that, Abiodun while pledging his administration’s commitment to education,  charged the new graduands to see their achievements as the starting point for achieving greater heights in the nearest future, urging them to think outside the box of what they could have do to become employers and not add to the growing rate of unemployment.

“As you go into the world to contribute your quota, you should remember that you are now transitioning into becoming shapers of other destinies. By your graduation today, as teachers, you now have the responsibility towards ensuring that the younger generation is also well developed both in character and learning. Be wise, responsible, industrious, dependable, humble and always portray positive character known of a worthy model” he emphasised.

The Acting Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Oluwole Banjo, in his speech, said the school has embarked on restructuring to enable it produce high quality and well rounded professionals that could be compared with their peers anywhere in the world.

Penpushing reports that, he said apart from sustaining the growth of the institution by ensuring accreditation of all programmes, the management has embarked on the construction 15 housing units, while the school has been designated as the health facility for coronavirus for students, staff and the host community.

The Group Executive Officer and Managing Director, Airtel Africa PLC, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya in a convocation lecture titled, ‘ Information and Communication Technology in the New  World Normal, Envisioning Teacher Education Education in 2021’,  noted that Nigeria missed out in the first two industrial revolutions, still trying to catch up with its peers in Africa and Asia, saying it was time for the nation to brace up in the fourth revolution so as not to miss out in the future.

Penpushing further reports that, Ogunsanya who posited that Information Technology had enormous impact in delivery for inclusive education as any school that depends solely on face to face contact would in no time disappear, added that it present digital technologies used in storing, formating, transforming, retrieving and transmitting information in the future.

The Managing Director while congratulating the graduating students, charged them to complement their certificates with the right Information and Communications Technology(ICT) skills to function optimally in the new world as well as hard working, grit and tenacity of purpose, adding that they must learn new skills, groom themselves as 21st century teachers and be good ambassadors of their school.

Penpushing also reports that, speaking on behalf of the graduands, the Best Overall Graduating Student, Mr. Adeniyi Oluwaseyi Ogunyale, appreciated the institution for the undergraduate work study scheme which has helped indigent students to realise their education aspirations.

The overall best student while lauding the teaching and non teaching staff of the school for inculcating the right education, skills and morales on them to face the world’s challenges, charged his colleagues to always reflect on the lessons learnt while in school by being good ambassadors and see their certificates as a stepping stones to achieve greatness in the future.

Penpushing reports that, highlights of the event included the conferment of Honorary Doctorate Awards on the Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde, Olugbenle, Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi and the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Plc

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