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Ila Varsity: We’re ready for take-off – Oyetola

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...as FG begins establishment process

Osun Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola says the State is fully ready for the smooth take-off of the recently approved Federal University of Health and Medical Sciences, Ila-Orangun in Ila Local Government Area of the State.

He disclosed that as part of efforts to ensure that academic activities commence at the institution in September, 2022, the State government had since approved for use, part of facilities at the College of Education in lla as temporary site of the specialised University.

Oyetola revealed that the government had also approved land for the citing of the University’s permanent site, adding that the survey of the land would be soon completed.

He made this known on Wednesday when he received at his office, the technical team from the Federal Ministry of Education who are in Osun to kick-start process for the establishment of the University. The team informed the Governor of the FG’s determination to ensure the institution takes off by September.

Responding, Oyetola said the state government was prepared to support FG’s efforts to actualise the dream of establishing the specialised university which he said, would enhance healthcare delivery in the State and also complement his administration’s efforts to revitalise the health sector.

He therefore commended President Muhammadu Buhari for considering Osun worthy of having the institution.

“We shall do all within our power to ensure that the Federal Government achieve its vision for establishing the University.

“Ila Orangun, the host community is one of the most ancient towns in yoruba land. Agitation for university for the community has been on for about 45 years. Therefore, the President Buhari-led administration has recorded a great history by this singular gesture.

“Apart from the economic gains to lla in particular and the State in general, Osun, through the University is now a base for developing health specialists, which is an opportunity for our youth to become professionals in this area.

“As a Government, to demonstrate our commitment to this laudable project, we have given approval for the land and the Survey process will soon be completed.

“To ensure the institution takes off this September, we have also approved for use part of the College of Education in lla, as a temporary site. And to the best of my knowledge, no request from the institution has been turned down by us.

“As you are all aware, Osun is noted for award-winning endeavours and excellence in numerous sectors, including the health sector. I assure you that the Federal University of Health Sciences, lla Orangun, is in safe hands and will naturally flow into excellence for which it is founded upon”, the governor said.

Earlier, the leader of the Technical Team who doubled as the Director, University Education, Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja, Mrs Rakiya IIyasu, said the essence of the visit to Osun was to evaluate the level of preparation towards the successful take-off of the University.

Mrs IIyasu described the decision of the FG to establish the new universities as a noble intent to reduce medical tourism and lay a solid foundation for building national preparedness and resilience in anticipation of future challenges in the health sector. He added that the successful implementation of the project would go a long way to address the menace.

She said: “Sometimes last in June last year, the President Muhammadu Buhari approved the establishment of four new  specialized universities in Akwa Ibom, Jigawa Bauchi and Osun States respectively.

“The approval of the new tertiary institutions were aimed at improving the health system because if we don’t have the training ground here, we will still be lagging behind. The shortfall noticed in medical care is huge. When Ebola came, we were handicapped because we didn’t know how to handle it so also when pandemic came, we were challenged and for this reason, we need to train our personnel, we need to build experts that will deal with these health matters. Also, to reduce medical tourism, you will agree with me that we spend a lot of money on medical tourism.

“If we are able to get this right, it will reduce our currency that has been flown outside. So, we are here today to visit the site and take it over. This has been done for the other three universities and essence is to see the site and to know the amount of land available because the university is not to build it today but it is an ongoing. We need to know whether we are going to have permanent site or temporary.

“Less I forget, I must remind us that Mr President had approved N5billion as takeoff grant for the establishment of the universities which will be sourced from Tetfund. But we need to partner the State to complement this effort of the FG so as to kindly provide for the immediate takeoff of the university.”

 

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SANWO-OLU PUTTING SMILES ON LAGOSIANS, PRESENTS 13 SUV CARS TO OUTSTANDING TEACHERS

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has encouraged teachers to continue putting in their best as his administration will not relent in rewarding excellence while raising the prestige of the teaching profession.

Sanwo-Olu spoke at the Y2021 Teachers Merit Awards held today at the Sports Pavillon, Lagos House, Ikeja, where he presented 13 brand new SUVs to outstanding teachers and school administrators, restating the commitment to use education as a weapon to change the world and influence the teaching profession.

The following individuals received 13 SUVs – Adenike Ojo of Bolade Junior Grammar School; Adeola Adefemi of Oke-Odo Senior High School, Alimosho; Bolanle Alamu of Government Senior College Agege; Fausat Adegeye of Ebenezer African Church Primary School Agege; Folashade Oyedeji of Ajara Comprehensive Junior High School; Lukman Agbabiaka of State Junior Grammar School (Special) Surulere; Michael Ayoola of Ansar-Ud-deen Society Primary School; Olubukola Dosunmu of Girls Junior High School Agege; Olusegun Muftau of LASA United Primary School Ibeshe; Oluseyi Amao of Satellite Junior Secondary School; Omolayo Fadayomi of Karaole Primary School Ifako; Soji Megbowon of Jakande Estate Comprehensive Senior College; and Yahya Adesokan of Vetland Senior Grammar School.

While speaking, the Governor maintained that one of the game-changers in the education development plan of his administration is the EKOEXCEL programme designed to support teachers to achieve better learning outcomes across all public primary schools.

He said: “The EKOEXCEL Y2020-2021 End line Fluency and Numeracy Evaluation has further justified the huge investment and affirmed the strategic interventions and impacts”.

“We have also instilled local and international training for our teachers, creating an enabling environment for teaching and learning”.

Gov. Sanwo-Olu noted that the State’s Government investment in education is yielding positive results and the performance of Lagos State students in WASSCE/GCE has significantly improved from 38.79% in Y2020 to over 81% in Y2021, with a minimum of five credits including Mathematics and English.

He also emphasised that the Comprehensive School Programme aimed at reducing the rate of dropout in schools, through skills acquisition, is a fit-for-purpose education system poised to create equal opportunities for students across the State.

“We are equipping school students to be self-reliant, skilled and empowered before exiting secondary school,” he said.

Earlier in her welcome remarks, the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, remarked that teachers touch humanity and are the most critical factor in the educational system, stressing that the government has continued to keep its promises of raising the prestige.

“This is a testament to a promise made and fulfilled. Like I always say, leadership is a gift and I thank Mr. Governor for his exceptional style of managing the affairs of the State as it showcases a passion for reward of diligence, commitment and hard work”, Adefisayo said.

The various prize categories included Best Teachers and Best School Administrators in Primary, Junior and Senior Secondary School categories while teachers in the Special Education Needs Schools and Technical Colleges were not left out of the awards.

The Nomination Committee Chairman, Mrs. Lai Koiki, said the committee was saddled with the responsibility of screening all 3,582 candidates who applied initially but the number was pruned to 22 semifinalists.

Mrs. Koiki appreciated the Governor’s passion for promoting the teaching profession and disclosed that some of the teachers were emotional while relating their experiences in teaching students with great passion.

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COE Ilesa Upgrade to University Status: Oyetola sets up Implementation Committee

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Profs Olu Aina, Labo Popoola, others make list

As a follow-up to the actualisation of the upgrade of the College of Education, COE, Ilesa to a full-fledged university, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has set up an 11-man Implementation Committee.

The Committee, headed by a foremost educationist, Prof. Olu Aina, is expected to, among other things, develop academic brief and physical master plan for the new university.

In a statement signed by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ismail Omipidan, the governor noted that the Committee, which would be formally inaugurated very soon, will also engage the State House of Assembly towards the  enactment of the law establishing the new university and the National University Commission, NUC, to facilitate speedy approval and formulate the internal charter of the proposed university to accommodate the participation of other key stakeholders, especially the Ijesa community, corporate entities, in the governance of the institution via a Special Purpose Vehicle among others.

Members of the Committee according to the statement also include a former Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole;  a former Vice Chancellor of Osun State University, Prof. Labo Popoola, a former Vice Chancellor of Tai Solarin University, Prof. Yemisi Obilade;  and founder, Lead University, Ibadan, Prof. Jide Owoeye.

Other members of the Committee are the Managing Director,  Saroafrica International, Mr. Olakanmi Rasheed Sarumi; Associate Prof. Wasiu Oyedokun; the Chief of Staff to Governor Oyetola, Dr. Charles ‘Diji Akinola; Osun Commissioner for Education, Folorunso Bamisayemi; Osun Finance Commissioner, Bola Oyebamiji;  and Osun Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Femi Akande.

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SANWO-OLU COMMENDED AS NUC FULLY ACCREDITS 31 LASU COURSES

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Vice-Chancellor Says 96 % Accreditation Success Is Unprecedented

Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has been commended for bringing sustainable reforms to the State’s education sector as exemplified by the excellent performance of the Lagos State University (LASU) in the recently released National Universities Commission (NUC) Comprehensive Accreditation Exercise for the year 2021.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Tokunbo Wahab, gave the commendation while reacting to the NUC accreditation exercise for the Y2021 where LASU achieved 96 percent accreditation success, noting that the reforms embarked upon by Mr. Governor are fast yielding positive results.

Wahab explained that the Sanwo-Olu administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S development agenda is the fastest and most effective strategy for achieving transformational governance in the current democratic experience.

He emphasised that the State government’s huge investment in education, the third pillar of the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda, has repositioned its education sector in becoming a model for the country.

“Out of the 37 courses of the Lagos State University (LASU) presented by the University Authority for accreditation before NUC during the October/November 2021 NUC Academic Programmes Accreditation Exercise for Nigerian Universities, 31 of those courses got NUC’s full accreditation status”, he stated.

Also speaking, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, said such an excellent feat is unprecedented in the University’s 40 years of existence, adding that the letter of notification of results from NUC stated that 31 out of the 37 courses presented before the Commission by LASU received an excellent grade of 96.0%, while four courses are still under interim accreditation status.

In her words: “LASU’s courses that had NUC full accreditation according to the NUC notification letter are Accounting, Banking and Finance, Business Administration, Local Government and Development Studies”.

“Others include Arabic Studies, Christian Religious Studies, English Language, Islamic Studies, Yoruba Language, Music, Nursing Science, Psychology and Pharmacology as well as all the 14 courses in the Faculty of Education, Law, Mathematics and Physics”, she added.

Prof. Olatunji-Bello stated that the four courses still under interim accreditation status are Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering, Common and Islamic Law, Theatre Arts and Philosophy.

The Vice-Chancellor noted that the University had witnessed progressive development since the inception of the Sanwo-Olu administration, pointing out that LASU programmes run smoothly without any interruption because the Governor adequately funds the growth of education while also prioritising the welfare of staff and students in policy formulation.

In the same vein, the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Special Adviser on Education, Mr. Adeniran Kasali, urged the management of LASU to reciprocate the State Government’s continued funding of the University by working harder and ensuring that the institution maintains its status as the best State University in the country and one of the first 500 in the world.

Also speaking, the President-Elect of LASU Students Union Government, Adeoye Moses, a 300-Level Student in the Theatre Arts Department, attributed the success of the accreditation to the State Government’s continued funding of tertiary education and the appointment of a hardworking educationist as the 9th Vice-Chancellor of the University, in the person of Mrs. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello.

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