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Months After Condemning Ajimobi’s Model Schools, Makinde To Construct 5 More

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The administration of Governor Seyi Makinde has revealed that it would construct five new Model schools across the three senatorial districts.

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Though it said this is in line with the 2018 intervention project in conjunction with Federal Government-Universal Basic Education Board, All Naija Entertainment recalls that Makinde had condemned the idea of model schools last year.

This was stated today by the Chairman of Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (OyoSUBEB), Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran during a prequalification exercise for the 2018 FGN-UBEC/OYOSUBEB intervention projects held in Ibadan.

Makinde had, while accepting his nomination as governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate on September 30th, 2018, said bemoaned the dismal state of education in the state.

Condemning Oyo’s 26th position in the 2018 WASSCE Results, Makinde said “It is clear for all to see that building a few so called model schools when all the schools should, in fact, be model or asking the international community for meaningless solar systems for secondary schools only magnifies the obvious failure of the present administration. It is a pointer to the systemic failure to stem the uncontrolled free fall in the sector in terms of infrastructural decline, inadequate staffing and learning materials and motivation of both staff and pupils. Our well thought out alternative plans will be in the public domain very soon.”

Adeniran added that the projects would be awarded to qualified contractors among the 76 applicants who applied for the pre-qualification exercise.

The beneficiary schools, Adeniran further explained, would be Methodist Primary School, Bodija, in Ibadan North Local Government Area; St. Paul’s Primary school, Yanbule, in Ibadan North East Local Government Area.

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Others are Methodist Primary School, Arowomole, Ogbomosho South; Community Primary School, Airport, Ona-Ara LGA and Muslim Grammar (Jnr) School, Odinjo, Oluyole Local Government Area.

Adeniran affirmed that the present administration would ensure equity, fairness and objectivity in the award of these contracts.
“The anomalies observed in the award of contracts by the last administration through awards of 64 and 72 projects to a single contractor is a thing of the past, as our administration is guided by fairness, equity, transparency and accountability”, he said.

He commended Governor Seyi Makinde for his bid to enhance education delivery and access to basic education in the state.

Dr. Adeniran noted that this is made manifest through the Governor’s immediate intervention in the education sector through budgetary increment of the sector.

He also reiterated Government’s determination to terminate payment of legal and illegal fees in public schools, adding that the newly introduced extra-mural classes for JSS3 and SS3 students would improve the academic performances of the students tremendously.
The event was witnessed by the State coordinator, UBEC, Dr. Lydia Gbagi, representatives of Oyo State’s Due Process office, Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Civil societies and contractors.


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