Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has revealed that the Schools’ Governing Board, SGB, among other policies introduced by his administration in every school, has committed no less than N8billion into the funding of schools.
Ajimobi, in response to critics who accused his government of neglecting the education sector in the State, said the N8billion is apart from the about N7billion spent by the government to renovate blocks of classrooms and provision of other facilities in the premises of the many affected schools.
The Governor made the disclosure while commissioning the ultramodern Oba Akinbiyi Model School, Mokola, Ibadan.
He noted that the acceptance of the SGB policy by the people was reflected in the financial, manpower, logistics and intellectual contributions made by the generality of the people to support the educationl sector.
Ajimobi said, The greatest innovation we have made is the introduction of SGB. We have close to 628 secondary schools in the state today which are managed by all stakeholders in every community the schools are situated.
I am happy to inform you that since we started SGB, people have contributed close to eight billion naira while government has contributed over seven billion naira. We are so happy that the resultant effect has been the fact that in the past eighteen years, our results have been the best only in last year, he noted.
The governor recalled that the scientific approach to the mandate compelled the government to organise two education summits in 2012 and 2016. Both summits identified major gaps in the education sector, a significant part of which is the infrastructural decay in the school system.
Consequently, the government embarked on the construction of world class learning environment with the vision to deliver quality education across the state.
He stated that his administration presided over the most focused, prudent and responsible management of available resources for the maximum benefit of Oyo State citizens for almost eight years.
Ajimobi said, Underpinning every step we have taken is our desire for quality in whatever we do, aside from the three model school edifices, the renovation of several blocks of classrooms in 100 secondary schools across the length and breadth of the state was recently carried out to create conducive learning environment for our students.
The governor stated that the State-owned tertiary institutions also gained tremendously from funding and this had positioned them to lead other institutions in the country in academic performance.
He further said that over N46billion has been expended on state-owned higher institutions apart from the changes that have been made to pave way for their growth.
He declared, These efforts are not limited to secondary schools. Through the Oyo State Education Trust Fund, we have carried out renovation of many blocks of classrooms, over 40 of them, particularly in the five technical colleges in the state, while the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) carried out massive construction, rehabilitation of public primary schools in our bid to upgrade middle-level technical manpower and make learning environment child-friendly.
I am pleased to note that the transformation process in education was not limited to basic and secondary schools. Contrary to some uninformed opinions, this administration has succeeded at repositioning all state tertiary institutions, setting them on a path of financial prudence for sustainable management and development, Ajimobi disclosed.
He revealed that the desire of his administration to make affordable tertiary education available to students of Oyo State origin, has led to the upgrading of the Oyo State College of Education from being a Monotechnic to a Polytechnic and the Oke-Ogun and Ibarapa Polytechnics from satellite campuses of the Polytechnic Ibadan to full-fledged polytechnics.
We have spent close to N46billion on funding state tertiary institutions in the past seven years. If you divide it by seven, we have done more than six billion, closer to seven billion every year on education, he added.
Source: Voice of Nigeria