We Shall Establish Centres Of Excellence In Our Educational Institutions – Dapo Abiodun, New Ogun State Governor

Prince Dapo Abiodun, Ogun State Governor

By Ayo Ajayi

Concerned by the worrisome states of the educational institutions in Ogun State, the newly sworn-in governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, MFR, has promised to establish centres of excellence in all the state’s tertiary institutions.

The governor made this known yesterday in his inaugural address at the swearing-in ceremony, which took place at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta, the State capital.

Abiodun explained that the centres would be driven by his administration’s ICT initiatives, which would contribute significantly to research, learning and innovation through review of curriculum, provision of broadband connectivity and strategic alliances with other local and foreign institutions of repute.

“We shall ensure that our schools are conducive for learning through the provision of adequate infrastructure and facilities. We will embark on a massive capacity building programmes for our teachers to enable them to upgrade their skills and qualifications in order to prepare them adequately for their unique role of imparting knowledge and finally, we shall put in place a monitoring and performance management systems to ensure that all these interventions bear good results,” he added.

His address reads in part:

“The state of Education in the State is worrisome. We have been regaled with stories of unpaid salaries, poor funding, unremitted deductions, moribund projects, controversial campus relocations, hasty appointments, strikes etc.

“Confidence has been eroded, unless we act quickly, education which is already in serious trouble will get worse. We cannot afford to have our education, which should be the bedrock of all our development activities, our topmost industry- be in such a state.

“Today, this State has the largest number of public and private universities, and we are what Boston is to the United States of America.

“However, this legacy is being gradually eroded with the declining standards of the education system in the state and uninspiring performances of the products in national and internationally moderated examinations.

“Restoring the glory of Ogun State education system requires an urgent, comprehensive and disruptive approach akin to the declaration of a State of Emergency.

“Consequently, we will convene an Education Stakeholders Summit that will bring all experts and relevant stakeholders to discuss and proffer solutions to the deplorable state of education in the State from Early Child Education (ECE), to primary, secondary, tertiary as well as technical and vocational training schools.

“Visitation panels will be set up to select tertiary institutions for fact-finding missions and to proffer practical solutions to the lingering problems experienced in many of these institutions.

“ We shall establish Centers of Excellence in our educational institutions that will be driven by our ICT initiatives, which will contribute significantly to research, learning and innovation through review of curriculum, provision of broadband connectivity and strategic alliances with other local and foreign institutions of repute.

“We shall ensure that our schools are conducive for learning through the provision of adequate infrastructure and facilities.

“We will embark on a massive capacity building program for our teachers to enable them to upgrade their skills and qualifications in order to prepare them adequately for their unique role of imparting knowledge and finally, we shall put in place a monitoring and performance management systems to ensure that all these interventions bear good results.”

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