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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Abiola Ajimobi, on Wednesday said Oyo state government under his leadership had committed about N46bn to funding of state-owned tertiary institutions in the last seven years
Speaking in Ibadan while inaugurating the ultramodern Oba Akinbiyi Model School at Mokola, Ibadan, (one of the model schools constructed by his administration.), the governor also hinted that the School Governing Board (SGB), introduced by his administration in 2016, which accommodates the stakeholders in the day-to-day running of public secondary schools, had so far attracted funding to the tune of N15bn.
The governor pointed out that following a significant infrastructural decay in the school system in Oyo state, his administration embarked on the provision of world class facilities in public schools with a vision to deliver quality education across the state.
“We have spent close to N46billion on the funding of state-owned tertiary institutions in the last seven years. If you divide it by seven, it means we have spent close to N7bn every year on education.” he said.
The governor maintained that his administration’s scientific approach to his mandate informed the organization of two education summits in the 2012 and 2016, which identified major gaps in the education sector.
“As an administration, we have presided over the most focused, prudent and responsible management of available resources for the maximum benefit of our people for eight years.
Underpinning every step we have taken is our desire for quality in whatever we do. Aside from the three model schools, renovation of several blocks of classrooms in over 100 secondary schools across the state was recently carried out to create conducive learning environment.”
Governor Ajimobi stressed that ” contrary to some uninformed opinions, this administration has succeeded in repositioning all tertiary institutions owned by the state, setting them on the path of financial prudence for sustainable management and development.”
He added that his administration’s desire to make tertiary education more available informed the upgrade of Oyo State College of Education, Lanlate to an autonomous college, and the College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora from a monotechnic to a polytechnic, and that the Oke-Ogun and Ibarapa Polytechnics, which used to be satellite campuses of The Polytechnic Ibadan, were upgraded to full-fledged polytechnics.”
Commenting on the gains of SGB policy, Governor Ajimobi said over N8billion had been committed to the management of public secondary schools by the stakeholders, aside the N7billion which government had also spent on renovation of schools, saying the financial, manpower, logistics and intellectual contributions made by the stakeholders,, including alumni associations, parent-teachers’ association and community leaders, among others was a reflection of the popularity of the policy.
“The greatest innovation we have made is the introduction of SGB.We have close to 628 secondary schools in the state today which are being managed by stakeholders in all the communities where the schools are situated. I’m happy to inform you that since we started the policy, the stakeholders have contributed close to N8bn, while government has spent over N7bn so far. We are so happy that the resultant effect has been that in the past 18 years, we recorded the best results in public examinations in 2018.
“These efforts are not limited to secondary schools. Through the Oyo State Education Trust Fund which we established, we have carried out renovation of many schools, including the five technical colleges.
The State Universal Basic Education Board also carried out massive construction and rehabilitation of public primary schools in our bid to making learning environment child-friendly.”
The governor had earlier in the day sworn-in 11 newly-appointed permanent secretaries, while he later inaugurated the newly-constructed Ijokodo-Apete Road, now named Ambassador Olu Saanu Road, as well as Challenge-Efunsetan Road named after the late former Governor Lam Adeshina.