Seven hundred and fifty Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers, 20 Zonal Education Officers (ZEOs), and 80 Education Officers in Ogun State, have been trained on the New Method of Teaching, to further promote efficiency and sustain an enviable education legacy that the state is known for.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of a three-week training, organised by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology in conjunction with Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP), the Special Adviser to the Governor in the Ministry, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu said the training, which was the second phase of the exercise held in December 2022, was also to improve teaching and learning activities, develop teachers’ capacity, and encourage world standards educational systems.
Prof. Arigbabu noted that the training was part of the efforts of the present administration’s strides to sustain the legacies of the founding fathers of the education sector in the state, saying the huge investment of government in the sector is yielding faster results to the extent that other states and some institutes are making contacts with the ministry to learn from its success stories.
The Special Adviser stated that the new innovations introduced into science teaching have provoked the interest of learners in science subjects such as chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics thereby becoming the best, citing the example of a student, Gbolahan Azeem of African Church Grammar School, Abeokuta who was the best JAMB candidate in Ogun State and 4th best across the federation.
He said: “We are working tirelessly to introduce more innovations that will bring desired changes into the education sector in Ogun State.”
In his opening remarks, the Project Manager, OGSTEP, Mr Fatai Osunsanya said there is a need to intimate class teachers and other education stakeholders in the state on new ways of imparting knowledge through technology, so as to make the learners relevant and compete favourably with their colleagues in other countries of the world.
Underscoring the importance of the programme, the training, the coordinator, Dr Olushola Odusanya lauded the government for the initiative aimed at upgrading the skills and techniques of teachers to the newly acceptable learning standards, noting that Ogun State is the only place in the world, where science teachers are trained continuously and consistently on their specifications.
Appreciating the government for the capacity-building event, Mr Oladipo Oladapo and Mrs Adijat Tijani said since the introduction of the programme last December, their teaching skills, knowledge, and experience have improved, promising to cascade the training to others in their schools and zones.
OGSG Promises More Rural Electrification To Stem Rural-Urban Drift
The Ogun State government has assured that the provision of electricity to rural areas will be a continuous one to stem the tide of rural-urban drift.
The measure will also improve the living standards of rural dwellers.
This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, Mr Adetayo Adewale, while speaking at the installation of solar street lights at Temidire Ogbonselu in Ayetoro and Biotiku Ashipa in Yewa North and Ado-Odo/Ota local government areas of the state respectively.
Speaking during the installation, the Permanent Secretary, represented by the Director of Rural Electrification, Engr. Ismail Balogun said about 20 communities, cutting across the three Senatorial Districts of the state have benefited from the provision of the solar street lights.
Mr. Adewale stated that the effort was geared towards ensuring an improved standard of living for those in the rural communities, noting that the step would go a long way in curbing rural-urban migration and reduce it to the barest minimum, assuring that provision of electricity to the rural communities would be a continuous one.
He said: ‘’The provision of solar electricity to rural communities which is one of the mandates of the ministry is to boost the economic activities of the communities, as well as to guide against any external forces.’’
He appealed to the people of the benefitting communities to ensure proper maintenance of the equipment.
Speaking on behalf of the benefitting communities, the Baale of Temidire Ogbonselu, Chief Biala Ogbonselu, who was full of praises to the state government, said members of the communities had been looking forward to such development, promising adequate maintenance of the equipment.
Customs Boss Inspects Proposed 100 Hectares Customs Training College, Government Warehouse, Visits Agro International Airport in Ogun
The Ag. Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi on Monday, 7th August 2023, inspected the proposed 100 hectares Customs Training College, Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ Headquarters as well as Government Warehouse and Agro Cargo International Airport at Ilishan Remo, in Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Speaking at the site, the Ag. CGC expressed delight at the progress made so far while pledging commitment to be a responsible neighbour to the government of Ogun State.
He said: “We are happy that we are going to be your neighbours, and I can commit to you that we are going to be very responsible neighbours; we are going to operate in a way that will make Ogun State proud.”
Adeniyi urged the contractors to work within the time frame of the contract period as the project is going to be strategic to the future of Customs operations.
“As we try to get our process right, as we try to bring innovation, we now need outstanding infrastructural support to drive these operations.
“We are going to be very strict with the contract period. We can not afford the airport to take off too far away before we start here. So we want some kind of development to be happening side by side. I believe that our presence here will add value to the airport just like we believe that the airport will also add value to us,” he said.
Ogun State Commissioner of Works, Engr. Ade Akinsanya highlighted the accessibility of the area and the expected period for the completion of the Agro Cargo International Airport.
“The target for us to get this project ready is the end of the year. The runway is completely done, the control tower is about 90%, and all the equipment needed is completely procured.
“In terms of capacity, there is enough room to grow. Right now, we have a warehouse under construction with a terminal building where you will be able to help us, man. So, things are taking shape, and the governor is really pushing up to get everything done by the end of the year,” Akinsanya said.
The Ag. Comptroller General, in the company of the commissioner, the project manager, as well as his management team, took a tour of the proposed Customs project site and the airport.