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Governor Dapo Abiodun, the Ogun State Governor, in a stakeholders forum in Abeokuta tagged "Repositioning Education for Outstanding Performance," at the weekend said the government is addressing the people's anxiety of the Central and Western Senatorial Zones to have a university cited in their domain.
“We have been able to settle the Moshood Abiola Polythecnic (MAPOLY) issue. It is a win-win for everybody. If the people of Ogun Central still want a University, they will have it and if the people of Ogun West say they want a university, the university they will have. But we are going to take it one step at a time and also consider the financial position of the State,” he said.
Abiodun, who did not deny his awareness about the people's demands, said he also put into consideration the governement's purse. Although committees have been set up for a check in the current education condition of some tertiary institutions.
“In the past, Ogun State’s position used to be in a digit, but now we are at the bottom five. This is unacceptable as the State is known to be first in every facet of our national life. We cannot continue and we are doing everything possible to reverse the trend.
“As you all know, during my inauguration on May 29, I declared an emergency in the education sector. We are following it up with the rehabilitation of 236 primary and secondary schools in each of our wards.
“We set up Committees to resolve issues that affected smooth running of academic activities in some of our tertiary institutions.
“The Committees have since submitted their reports and recommendations. I want to assure our good people that education which is one of our pillars, will continue to receive due and prompt attention,” the governor added.
The governor, pledged the students welfare as paramount which will enhance students academic performance, adding that training on latest teaching methods and effective school administration will be given to teaching and non-teaching staffs to ensure improvement in public schools' learning conditions.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mr Olu-Ola Aikulola, appreciated the governor's activeness in the educational stressing on the outstanding promotion awarded teachers.
He noted the achievements so far in the academics as the pupils have represented the state in competitions both at the local and international level and came home as winners.
He noted that the state participated in the 2019 Science Teachers Association of Nigeria, Competition held in Kano State, Spelling Bee National quiz and Project competition, held in Akwa-Ibom and the Mathematical Association of Nigeria competition in Rivers State, adding that the state’s representatives in the competitions did the state proud.
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