Makinde Commissions Block Of Classrooms, French Teaching Facilities

Oyo State Executive Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, on Friday Commissioned a block of 4 classrooms, an administrative office building, and toilet facilities for French teaching and documentation.

The Governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye and accompanied by the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Jerome Pasquier held that the facilities will further deepen collaborations between Oyo State and the French Government.

Makinde while delivering his speech at the project commissioning held at Iyaganku in Ibadan on Friday, noted that the block of classrooms was just one of the results of collaborations between the Oyo State Government and the French Government.

He said “the Commissioning of this block of classrooms that we are witnessing today is just one of the results of the collaborations between the Oyo State Government and the French Government.

“We acceded to a request to release funds for a block of classrooms with an office building and toilet facilities but these collaborations are by no means one sided.

“The French Government has provided funding for other projects happening here in Oyo State, for example, our plan to complete 200km of roads in the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP) is supported by the French Government,” he said.

The Governor also explained that his administration has officially launched the Support to Women Entrepreneurship in Agri-food sector in Nigeria (SEFAN/SWEAN) Programme, an initiative which aims to empower women capacity in agribusiness, stressing that the French Government has also been very collaborative and supportive in that area.

“So, let me again thank the French Ambassador, His Excellency Jerome Pasquier, for all the support his Government has given us in the past two years. As I said earlier in the day, when you get three visits in two years from the representatives of one country, it is safe to say you have gone from being acquaintances to becoming friends. And so, we thank you for this friendship.

“Our prayer is that these collaborations continue. Let me quickly talk about the significance of this centre located here in Oyo State.

“Despite the popularity and wide usage of English, French is still considered a major language of international relations, here in West Africa, we have countries where French is their official language.

“Even here in Oyo State, some of our closest international neighbors are French speaking countries. So if we are looking to trade across borders then we need countries like this, which promotes the learning and teaching of the language.

“The classrooms and office that we are commissioning today will further serve the needs of the students and administrative staff, and what we are hoping for is further expansion so that this place goes from being a regional to a national and even international centre for learning French.”

Speaking earlier in line with the Governor’s submission, The Commissioner for Education represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alhaja Aminat Atere noted that Oyo State and Nigeria could not overlook French because the country is surrounded by French speaking countries like Republics of Benin, Niger, Chad, and Cameroon stressing that it was this factor that necessitated officially declaring French as Nigeria’s second official language in 1966 and afterwards made compulsory in the nation’s educational system from primary to secondary school levels.

“In order to support the Government’s efforts in improving teaching and learning of the language, French Government established in 2002 two major projects out of which is creation of Center for French Teaching and Documentation (CFTD) in Enugu, Ibadan, and Jos,” Olaleye noted.

The State Governor however, reaffirmed his commitment to providing equal access to quality and sound education for all residents in the State regardless of social strata.

Signed:

Wasiu Olatunbosun (P.hd),

Honorable Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism,

Ibadan.

 

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15 First Class Applicants Scale Through CBT Test As Oyo Releases Cut-Off Marks

The Oyo State Government has released the cut-off marks for successful applicants who wrote the Computer Based Test (CBT) for the recruitment of Education Officers, between Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 8th April 2021 at the Bayo Akande Hall, University of Ibadan, Ajibode, Ibadan.

The Chairman, Oyo State Civil Service Commission, Alhaji Aderibigbe Kamorudeen Abiodun, confirmed this, during a chat with   journalists on Monday.

The Chairman affirmed that all necessary steps and due considerations have been taken before concluding on the cut-off marks for each of the twenty six  subject areas on which the applicants were tested.

Alhaji Aderibigbe commended the applicants brilliant performances in the test, noting that the applicants were all university graduates.

He attributed the good performance of the applicants to their educational backgrounds, adding that fifteen of the applicants hold first class degrees in their various disciplines.

He added that some others also posses second-class honors, upper and lower divisions while very few of them had third class in their special fields.

Some of those with single Honors also possess educational bias certificates such as National Certificate in Education (NCE), Grade 2 Teachers Certificates and Postgraduate Diplomas in Education .

“You will recall that the Civil Service Commission, had between Tuesday 6th to Thursday 8th April 2021, conducted the Computer Based Test for prospective Education Officers, only Five Thousand, Two Hundred and Sixty-Six (5266) out of the Fourteen Thousand applications received were shortlisted, through the States job portal.

“A total of Three Thousand, Three Hundred and Twenty One (3321) finally sat for the Computer Based Test (CBT).

“Only Six Hundred and Ninety Two vacancies exist for the Education Officers Cadre and the best applicants will be recruited, based on their qualifications, performance at the CBT and the Commission’s interview.”

According to him, the Consultants, who are education experts, will conduct the interview to ascertain the capabilities of the applicants and genuineness of their credentials.

Alhaji Aderibigbe noted that all the successful applicants will be given two weeks notice to be aware of the interview dates so they can access and print out letters of invitations for the interview from the Oyo State job portal.

Alhaji Aderibigbe further applauded the magnanimity of the Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, for allowing merit and competence as well as consideration of geo–political zones in all recruitments, to avoid lopsidedness, because according to him, the Governor was elected by all the zones in the State.

 

Signed:

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun (P.hd),

Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism,

Ibadan.

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Barrister Olaleye Congratulates New Principals

A one day induction ceremony / seminar was organised by All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPPS) for the newly appointed principals of public secondary schools in the State. The seminar held on Monday 7th April 2022 at the Ilaji Hotel and Sport resort Akanran was to expose the new principals to administrative experience.

Speaking at the event, the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye congratulated the newly appointed principals and charged them to face the new role and responsibilities to raise a good future leaders. The Commissioner further advised them to cooperate with the Ministry and relate with the field officers in compliance with circulars and timely supply of data used in formulating educational policies. He promised he will always be available to all education agencies to give support in carrying out the statutory duties to achieve a desired result. Present at the occasion were the State Chairman TESCOM,  ANCOPPS State President, Director Quality Assurance, TESCOM Zonal Heads, NUT State Exco and many others.

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Makinde Begins Distribution of Over 2.7 Million Exercise Books to Oyo Students

‘Govt.  ‘ll continue to pay attention, provide resources for education’s growth’

Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Monday, kickstarted the distribution of over 2.7 Million free exercise books to all students in public secondary schools in Oyo State, stating that the move is part of efforts to improve the quality of education and give opportunities to students from all backgrounds in the State.

The Governor, while making a symbolic presentation of the free exercise books to some students from selected secondary schools in the State, at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Agodi, Ibadan, said that his administration will continue to pay more attention and put in more resources to the education sector.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the Government has approved the payment of school grants to public schools in the State.

He added that his administration will always welcome constructive criticism that can assist the Government of the day.

On the school grants, the Governor maintained that his Government would continue to invest in education, stating that renovation of public schools and distribution of school furniture to students across the schools in the State would be made through the direct resources of the State.

He urged all Stakeholders to work with the Government and not play politics with the future of our children, saying: “We believe, as a Government, that if we get it right at the primary and secondary school levels, if we have sound products coming out of our secondary schools, we would have been 70 per cent on point in terms of what we want to achieve in education.

“In the days ahead, we are taking the issue of infrastructure in our schools seriously. We will be having new chairs and tables. We will continue to renovate the schools through the direct resources of the State.

“I will use this opportunity to call on all stakeholders to work with the Government and not play politics with the future of our children. If we are doing certain things right, tell us. And if we are falling short in certain areas, tell us also because this is our future and we should all work together to ensure that the future is really secure and guaranteed.”

The Governor also reiterated that in Oyo State there is a freedom to practise religion and that no one can divide the people of the State through religion.

“Last week, I was reading in a place that in Oyo State, we don’t allow students to wear Hijab but I can see some students here wearing their Hijab and no one is harassing them. For us here, we give freedom to practice religion. Nobody can divide us through religion,” he said.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye, said that the distribution of free exercise books to students was to promote Education in the State.

He added that the Government is giving out more than 2.7 million exercise books to all secondary schools in Oyo State for the year 2021.

 

Signed

Taiwo Adisa

Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde

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