The National Parents’ Teachers Association has awarded the governor of Ogun State Dapo Abiodun, the best Governor on education in Nigeria.
The President of the National Parents’ Teachers Association Chief Adeola Ogunbanjo while Presenting the award to the governor in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta acknowledged that the governor brought innovative ideas to the sector, also promoted the value of free education, stoppage of education levies, the 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 Stated “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 schools.
Ogunbanjo further stated “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”,
The PTA President also called for the inclusion of the association in the scheme of things in the state, he also described the “OgunDIGI” Class as an innovation that kept students in the state busy during the pandemic, calling for adoption by other states.
Governor Abiodun responded by saying his administration would focus on technical and vocational education as a means of taking the youth out of the unemployment market. He described technical and vocational training as one of the ways of engaging the youth positively, noted that his administration has revitalized 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 further discussed on 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 the government was working towards a uniform curriculum, while fibre optics cable was currently being laid to educational institutions, to enable students to have access to Internet service and allow for e-learning.
The governor called on the association to partner with the state by offering useful advice that would help to further reposition the sector