Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State on Sunday disclosed that his administration has approved a sum of N200m as Annual State Education Intervention Fund to improve the standards of learning and encouraged academic excellence in government-owned tertiary institutions across the state.
He equally endowed the best graduating student’s award for one million naira annually in honour of his late dad, Dr Emmanuel Adesanya Abiodun, who passed on August 2.
Abiodun made the disclosure while speaking at the 12th Convocation Ceremony of the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode, held at the weekend.
The governor, who stressed the importance of education and the need to adequately fund it, also noted that his government had approved the rehabilitation of internal and access roads of tertiary institutions and the purchase of buses and other necessities for the institutions across the state.
“We have approval of N200million as Annual State Education Intervention Fund for the development of infrastructure in State owned tertiary institutions. We have approved the rehabilitation of internal and access roads of tertiary institutions and the purchase of buses and other necessities for our tertiary institutions.
“We have also approved scholarships for outstanding students in all Ogun State tertiary institutions, approval for the payment of bursary to Ogun State indigenes in tertiary institutions across the country, as well as approval for Ogun State Education Intervention Fund (OGSEIF) as a Special Intervention Fund for the Education Sector”, he added.
Abiodun, while acknowledging the steady growth of TASUED in academic excellence, honour and nobility, said that such was achieved through teaching in both the curriculum subject contents and the pedagogy for effective transfer of knowledge.
He further divulged that since transitioning from a College of Education and starting with only 25 PhD holders on its permanent academic staff, the institution had grown to about 250, and from no professor to 53 home-grown full professors running 33 PhD programmes, 43 undergraduate programmes.
The governor added that the on-going massive infrastructural rehabilitation of public schools in all parts of the state was not only to provide the conducive ambience for the teaching-learning process, but also to make the teaching profession attractive and more professional.
He, however, on behalf of his late father, made a personal donation of N1m Endowment Fund for the overall best graduating student every year, pledging his administration’s commitment to education.
Abiodun charged the new graduands to see their achievements as the starting point for achieving greater heights in the nearest future, urging them to think outside the box of what they could have do to become employers and not add to the growing rate of unemployment.
“As you go into the world to contribute your quota, you should remember that you are now transitioning into becoming shapers of other destinies. By your graduation today, as teachers, you now have the responsibility towards ensuring that the younger generation is also well developed both in character and learning. Be wise, responsible, industrious, dependable, humble and always portray positive character known of a worthy model” the governor submitted.
The Acting Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Oluwole Banjo, in his speech, said the school has embarked on restructuring to enable it produce high quality and well rounded professionals that could be compared with their peers anywhere in the world.
Banjo said apart from sustaining the growth of the institution by ensuring accreditation of all programmes, the management has embarked on the construction 15 housing units, while the school has been designated as the health facility for COVID-19 for students, staff and the host community.
The Group Executive Officer and Managing Director, Airtel Africa PLC, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, in a Convocation lecture titled, ” Information and Communication Technology in the New World Normal, Envisioning Teacher Education Education in 2021”, opined that Nigeria missed out in the first two industrial revolutions.
He added that the country is still trying to catch up with its peers in Africa and Asia, saying it was time for the nation to brace up in the fourth revolution so as not to miss out in the future.
Ogunsanya who posited that IT had enormous impact in delivery for inclusive education as any school that depends solely on face to face contact would in no time disappear, added that it present digital technologies used in storing, formating, transforming, retrieving and transmitting information in the future.
Speaking on behalf of the graduands, the Best Overall Graduating Student, Mr. Adeniyi Ogunyale, thanked the institution for the undergraduate work study scheme which has helped indigent students to realise their education aspirations.