OGUN: ABIODUN LAMENTS DECAY IN EDUCATION

…resumes duty at Oke Mosan as 5th civilian governor

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The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has lamented  the present state of education sector which he described as  so worrisome, particularly in funding,  moribund project, non payment of deductions, unpaid salaries, controversial Campos relocation, hasty appointment among others.The Press officer in the state  Ministry of Education, Adeniyi Akinbobola in a statement quoted the governor as making the disclosure in his  inaugural speech  after his inauguration along his deputy, Noimot Salako on Wednesday in Abeokuta., the state capital.Abiodun also noted that  the best legacy of education in years past in the state  was eroded by past education policies.However, he  assured  that his government would invest heavily in education and increased budget allocation on yearly basis for the sector to meet the 26% UNESCO benchmark.The governor also promised that his administration would also implement the Universal Basic Education Act as well as ensure free education for all children of Primary and Junior Secondary School.The welfare of teachers, he noted  would also  be given priority in other to ensure best brains are attracted and retained in the system.Abiodun said upgrading and renovation of teaching facilities would also be given priority in order to pave way for improved learning environment for pupils. He added that Information Communication Technology (ICT) education would be made compulsory in all secondary schools.”I will prioritise teachers education by increasing funding for Tai Solarin Education, Training and retraining of teachers, emphasise the promotion of science and technical education in our secondary schools, make compulsory ICT education in secondary school and introduce special education curriculum in some selected Schools” the governor said.Meanwhile, Abiodun on his first day in office arrived the Oke Mosan  Governor Office at  9.30 am in a convoy of seven vehicles and was received by the Head of Service, Lanre Bisiriyu.Dressed in blue agbada and a black cap, the governor on arrival at themOke-Mosan Secretariat Complex,  proceeded to the platform where he inspected the guard of honor mounted in his honor.After the exercise, Bisiriyu introduced the governor to the body of Permanent Secretaries and later moved to Block A of the secretariat.Abiodum, Salako-Oyedele and Bisiriyu went into a brief meeting with the Permanent Secretary of the Civil Service Commission. Thereafter, he  proceeded to the Ministry of Finance and later ended up at the Ministry of Local Government Affairs. The governor was also conducted round strategic offices in the Governor’s Office and office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG)  by the Head of Service.Meanwhile, scores of permanent secretaries later  gathered at the office of the HoS to felicitate with the governor as well as joined in cuting his 59th birthday cake.The governor, who was later conducted round his own office later  entered into a meeting with the permanent secretaries and later  engaged in another meeting with  security chiefs, led by the Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama. Fielding questions from journalists  after the meeting Abiodun, thanked God for making his assumption of office a successful one.The governor told journalists that he met with the permanent secretaries to intimate them with the policy thrust of his administration. Describing  civil servants as the engine room of any government that  must be carried along, the new governor noted  that his administration will not toy with the welfare of the public servants.He reiterated his commitment to ensure good governance and espouse people-oriented government, capable of moving the state to the next level. On the rationale behind his  meeting with security chiefs, Abiodun, said his administration would not joke with Issues of securitywill be taken seriously, promising regular meeting with the heads of security agencies. 

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