For his landmark achievements in the education sector, the National Parents’ Teachers Association has awarded Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, the best Governor on education in Nigeria.
Presenting the award to the governor in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the President of the association, Chief Adeola Ogunbanjo, acknowledged the innovative ideas brought to bear in the sector, while highlighting, free education, stoppage of education levies, offering of automatic employment to best graduating students in higher institutions, renovation of schools and increase in students enrollment, as some of the factors that led to the award.
Ogunbanjo said: “We have observed your landmark achievements in the education sector. You did not only make education free, you stopped payment of education levies, employed best graduating students in our higher institutions and you are renovating
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, no incident was recorded in Ogun schools. Of course, this is possible because you brought your managerial skills into play. We see you as education friendly governor and that is why we are giving you this award as the best Governor in education for 2020”, Ogunbanjo explained.
The PTA President, who called for the inclusion of the association in the scheme of things in the state, described the “OgunDIGI” Class as an innovation that kept students in the state busy during the pandemic, calling for adoption by other states.
Responding, Governor Abiodun said his administration would focus on technical and vocational education as a means of taking the youth out of unemployment market.
Abiodun, who described technical and vocational training as one of the ways of engaging the youth positively, noted that his administration has revitalised some of the technical colleges to train artisans and also set up a TechHUB facility to enable youths leverage on Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The governor said the ongoing rehabilitation of primary schools across the state was to provide the right environment for teaching and learning, assuring that the gesture would be extended to secondary schools and technical colleges.
Abiodun also informed that government was working towards a uniform curriculum, while fibre optics cable was currently being laid to educational institutions, to enable students have access to Internet service and allow for e-learning.
He called on the association to partner the state by offering useful advise that would help to further reposition the sector.