Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State said on Wednesday his administration had in the last seven years expended over N45 billion on tertiary institutions in the state.
He made the disclosure in Ibadan during the inauguration of the newly-constructed Oba Akinbiyi Model School II, Mokola by his administration.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governor also inaugurated the constructed Efunsetan-New Garage road (now Lam Adesina road) and 3.6km Ijokodo-Apete road (now Amb. Olu Saanu road).
The governor said that his administration spent more than N6 billion on the institutions yearly adding the effort was to ensure access to quality and affordable tertiary education.
“It is part of our transformation effort that led to the establishment of the first Technical University in Ibadan.
“I am proud to tell you that the Technical University ranked among the best in Nigeria today,” he said.
Ajimobi said that his administration had embarked on the construction of world class learning infrastructure across the state to fill the gap of infrastructural decay in education.
He said that the inauguration of the model school was another fulfillment of the administration’s electioneering promises to the people, describing it as one of its intervention toward educational development.
According to him, “we have built three models schools, two in Ibadan and one in Saki.
“We have renovated classroom blocks in 100 schools across the state.
“We have through the State Education Trust Fund carried out renovation works in 40 schools.
Ajimobi said that the greatest innovation of his administration was the introduction of School Governing Board (SGB) which allowed the participation of students, old students and other relevant stakeholders in the management of secondary schools.
He said that the SGBs in the state had since inauguration attracted projects worth N8 billion for schools in the state while government had also expended close to N7 billion as intervention.
Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela, the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, said that no government had since the late Chief Bola Ige administration, invested in school infrastructure like the present.
He said that the effort of the present administration earned Ibadan an award as one of UNESCO global learning cities adding that the award would be presented to the state in October.
“This administration has built three model schools. It is a pity that the administration will not be able to inaugurate another 48 Ajumose model schools built through SUBEB until its expiration,’’ he said.
Earlier, Mrs Bukola Oduwole, the Principal of the school, expressed deep appreciation to the governor on the newly-constructed school.
She said that the new infrastructure would no doubt impart positively on the students, saying infrastructure had a lot to do in educational development and standard.
Oduwole promised that the management and students of the school would make judicious use of the newly inaugurated infrastructure.
NAN reports that the governor also led his deputy, Chief Moses Adeyemo, members of the state executive council, state APC executives and supporters to the inauguration of some road projects.
32-man Borno delegation understudies Kaduna on participatory governance
Leader of the team, Alhaji Musa Abubakar, said on Friday in Kaduna that the 2-day visit is supported by Mercy Corps Nigeria.
Abubakar said the aim was to apply the experiences of Kaduna state in tackling poverty and build secure, productive and just communities in Borno.
He explained that Mercy Corps is running a peace programme on conflict management and stabilization in 20 communities in Gwoza, Damboa, Dikwa, Maiduguri and Jere local government areas of Borno.
According to him, the programme has three components which includes social cohesion, social inclusion and governance.
“One of the lineups of activities under these components is a learning visit by government officials to see the innovations and restructuring happening in Kaduna public service,” he said.
Abubakar disclosed that at the end of the visit, the team would develop action plans for implementation in Borno.
He said the 32-man team consists of officials from Ministries of Women Affairs, Finance, Justice and Local Government, as well as Legal Aid Council, Borno State House of Assembly and Local Government Councils.
The team leader said they would visit the Kaduna state
Ministries of Justice, Human Services and Social Development, and Budget and Planning, as well as the state Peace Commission, Civil Society Organizations and Interfaith Mediation Centre.
Also, the Director Women Affairs in Borno, Hajiya Falmata Gambo, said she was impressed with what the team had seen so far.
Similarly, the Desk Officer, Borno State House of Assembly, Baba Kura Maina, said their experiences in Kaduna would help to add value to the transformational efforts of Gov. Babagana Zulum.
Maina, who described the Borno governor as a blessing to the state, said he has put in place machineries needed for restoration of the lost glory of the state.
Edited by: Maharazu Ahmed
Nothing secret, sinister about us — Ogboni Fraternity
Leader of the Reformed Ogboni Fraternity (ROF), Chief Francis Meshioye, has again debunked public perception that the fratenity was a secret society.
Addressing newsmen in Lagos during flag off of 2019 Founders’ Day Celebration of ROF, Meshioye, said there was nothing sinister in the activities of the fraternity.
“We are far from being a secret society; we are a registered entity that abides with the laws of the land and our objectives are to promote positive values, truth, justice and cultural heritage,” he said.
He explained that contrary to beliefs in some quarters, there was nothing secret or sinister about the fraternity, saying it was founded for the good of the society.
Meshionye further explained that the fraternity was actually founded in 1914 by a Christian, Deacon Jacobson Ogunbiyi, saying the initial objective was to promote Christian values among the people.
He added that the group was later expanded to accommodate people of other faiths, hence the change in name from Ogboni Fraternity to Reformed Ogboni Fraternity.
Meshioye said a number of distinguished Nigerians, dead and living, were members of the group, emphasising that the fraternity was strictly for positive values.
He said that it was note-worthy that the founding fathers of ROF were part of those who fought for decolonisation of Nigeria, developed such establishments as the civil service, judiciary and many functional post-colonial institutions.
He listed some of them as late Sir Adetokunbo Ademola, late Chief Ladoke Akintola and late Sir Adeyemo Alakija.
The ROF leader said every Nigerian of good character could join the group as the fraternity was not for those who were seeking quick wealth.
According to Meshioye, it is important for people to understand what the group stands for, urging Nigerians to embrace the virtues of the fraternity
”The Reformed Ogboni Fraternity (ROF) has the ultimate objective of promoting good values, love discipline, not only in Nigeria but in other parts of the world wherever her members finds him or herself.
”There is a clear distinction between ROF as a fraternity and any other forms of organisations.
”Our fraternity compels her members to imbibe the fundamental injunction of ”do unto others as you wish others to do unto you ”
”However, the fraternity had to overcome many challenges that were rooted in misinterpretations of what we stand for,” the ROF leader said.
He said the celebration of ROF’s 2019 Founders’ Day was to promote the ideals of the fraternity and show the world that the group was all positive.
Edited by: Wale Ojetimi
Cleric advises Nigerians to utilise advantages of border closure
A Cleric, Christopher Qwolabi, on Friday, advised Nigerians, especially youths, to utilise the advantages of the nation’s border closure to be self-productive and reliant.
Owolabi, the General Overseer, Christ Apostolic Church, Ori-Oke Irapada, Omu-Aran, gave the advice during the church’s special service tagged: “Toward a Prosperous 2020 and Beyond”, in Omu-Aran, Kwara.
He said the closing of the nation’s borders to curb banditry, insurgency, incessant dumping of contraband, fake and contaminated drugs, was long overdue.
According to him, the border closure no doubt has started yielding fruitful results and very glaring for the citizens to see.
“There are many things that are being imported that can be produced in large quantity locally.
“It’s an insult on our integrity and intelligence to continue to import toothpicks, food items, furniture products with our array of expertise and intellectual capacity.
“Production of local rice has increased and the commodity has flooded major markets across the length and breadth of the country.
“Patronage of other locally-produced items like beans, cassava, semovita, poultry products have also soared following the closure of the borders.
“It’s high time Nigerians, particularly the youth, utilise this positive development to engage in different aspects of agriculture for their own benefit and advantage.
“With the present high rate of unemployment and non-availability of white collar jobs, the closure of borders is, therefore, a veritable alternative for the youth to be self-productive,” he said.
Owolabi also urged practitioners of traditional medicine to come together and come up with locally-produced effective and well-packaged therapy for common ailments.
According to him, this will be a good replacement for such therapy being imported from neighbouring African countries.
“Alomo Bitters from Ghana is a good example of such highly -preferred imported stuffs being consumed by Nigerians.
“Our practitioners can also come up with such therapy for mass production and local consumption after necessary certification by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
“Our neighbours are just taking advantage of our large population and turned the country to a dumping ground for their products.
“Their recent reactions to the border closure have shown that Nigeria is a big market in the continent, especially in the ECOWAS sub-region.
“With the right attitude, conducive environment, most essential needs of the citizens can sufficiently be produced locally,” he said.
Owolabi urged parents, community leaders and religious leaders to always use their parental ability, counselling and preaching to sensitise the youths on the need to be self-productive.
Edited by: Angela Okisor/Adeleye Ajayi
Orphanage appeals for more support for less privileged
Talitha Cumi Orphanage, Federal Housing Authority Nyanya, Abuja, has appealed to well-spirited Nigerians for more support for the less privileged in the society.
Manager of the Orphanage, Pastor Adamson Bolyawa, made the appeal when a group, Praying Women, visited the orphanage on Friday.
He said that one of the greatest challenges confronting the orphanage was the issue of school fees as most of the children were enrolled in schools.
“We call on Nigerians to come to the aid of these children who had either lost a parent or both parents.
“As children, they need the basic necessities of life,” he said.
Bolyawa said that the orphanage was a registered entity but was not a centre for child adoption.
“We don’t do adoption; we see our house as a house of refuge where people are taken off the streets and given better life.
“Some are in the universities and as a Christian home, we inculcate godly virtues in the children,” he said.
On her part, Mother of the Centre, Mrs Keziah Bennett, who expressed gratitude to God and the members for the visit said that the orphanage presently had 41 children within the toddler and teenage age groups.
She noted that the orphanage which started in 2001 had some of the children as graduates from universities across the country.
“All the children in the home are in regular schools and also engaged in skills acquisition.
“We thank God for His faithfulness which has been tremendous through out the years,” she said.
Earlier, while presenting the items ranging from food, clothing and toiletries coordinator of the group, Mrs Bukola Adewumi, said that the visit was part of the group’s mandate in contributing its quota in bringing succour to the less privileged.
While noting that the visit was the seventh edition, Adewumi said that they were at the orphanage to show love to the orphans as part of events heralding Christmas.
“We are here to share with the home out of the abundance God has given us in this season of Christmas.
“We are here to exemplify the teaching of Jesus on love for one another,” she said.
Edited by: Donald Ugwu
DSPPC restates commitment to public awareness on procurement regime
Mr Duke Okeze, Director-General, Delta State Public Procurement Commission (DSPPC), says the commission is committed toward ensuring enhanced public awareness on the state’s public procurement regime.
Okeze made this known in Asaba on Friday at an interactive and sensitisation workshop for civil society organisations, contractors and the media on the new public procurement regime in the state.
He said that that commission remained committed to ensuring that contract awards reflected the yearning and needs of the public.
The director-general said that it was the obligation of the commission to protect, sensitise and create awareness about extant procurement laws in the state to avoid pitfalls.
“We are engaging all stakeholders to ensure robust understanding of ongoing procurement reforms in the state.
“A capacity assessment exercise is ongoing across different government Ministries, Department and Agencies,” he said.
He said the programmes was to sensitise the stakeholders on the guidelines for the implementation of the new procurement law in the state.
Okeze noted said that part of the commission’s duty was to periodically review the socio-economic effects of government policies on procurement.
“They are to also prepare and update standard bidding and contract documents and prevent fraudulent procurement practices,” he said. .
Edited by: Azubuike Okeh/Adeleye Ajayi
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