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…as bush, reptiles take over buildings
Despite the promises of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun to improve standard of education in the state, investigations have shown that most of the model schools in the state have been abandoned.
PLATFORM TIMES recalled that the Ibikunle Amosun led government budgeted N21billion for the construction of 28 model schools across the 20 local government of the state.
It would be recalled that, one of the model schools in Ewekoro Local Government commenced academic activities with summer camp with the population of 250 students before Amosun handed over to Abiodun.
Governor Abiodun, after he was sworn in as the State Governor announced that he would convert the model schools into vocational skill acquisition institutions and Information Communication Technology (ICT) centers.
PLATFORM TIMES had reported that Abiodun converted the model school in Obafemi Owode Local Government to technology hub.
However, investigations by PLATFORM TIMES revealed that other model schools have been closed down, leaving the ultra modern facilities provided for learning in the schools to perish.
When PLATFORM TIMES visited the model schools in Ewekoro, Abeokuta North and Abeokuta South Local Governments of the State, it was observed that bush has taken over the buildings.
Birds were chirping, the croak from toads in the school compound could be equated to blowing trumpet.
Peeling walls, broken gate, untidy environment and faded signpost that partly introduced the school to visitors or passersby depicted deplorable state of the model schools.
The school entrances have grown weed, their environments could cause damage to ones health.
Sources within the Abeokuta North model school hinted PLATFORM TIMES that, some miscreants invaded the school and carted away some learning facilities.
The source lamented that the school was left in a bushy condition which is capable of breading reptiles to threaten the community.
The Chairman Nigeria Union of Teachers in Ogun State, Titilope Adebanjo commended Governor Abiodun for his ambition to develop the state educational system.
Adebanjo explained that, the State Government had taken the right step to convert the models schools into skill acquisition institutions and ICT centers.
He maintained that Governor Abiodun’s administration would lay good legacies in the state educational system.
“There’s nothing bad in converting the model schools to vocational centers. The Governor is trying his best to make education standard in Ogun State. The way he started showed that he will do his best in the education sector” he said.
The Deputy Coordinator, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Southwest, Comrade Oladimeji Uthman appealed to Governor Abiodun not to abandon the models schools.
He said “The model schools built by the past administration was huge and only one out of the model schools was in use before the tenure of the past administration expired.
“Each of the structures of these model schools were expensively constructed with tax prayers money, even some haven’t been completed.
“Prince Dapo Abiodun should as a matter of urgency look into the abandoned structures of the model schools and see the actualization of the dream of the citizen of the state.
“Though, one of these said abandoned structures of schools have been converted to an ICT Hub (Tech Hub) by this administration and the governor has promised to convert some of these schools to vocational training centers for our teeming youths in the state.
“In due time, the state government should actualize these laudable projects embarked on by the past administration. It mustn’t be a waste”.
Speaking on behalf of students in the state, the General Secretary of National Association of Nigeria Students, NANS Ogun Joint Campus Committee, Comrade Adeyemi Samson lauded the decision of the state government in converting it to vocational centers.
He said “The worldwide constant innovative changes have shown that the future is unpredictable especially as it concerns education, technology, Skills and competencies which were considered the bedrock of economic, social and political mobility and growth. Nigerian systems of education at all levels have witnessed dramatic changes in terms of purpose, organization, structure and changes in nomenclature of certificates awarded.
“How many citizens can afford models institutions? The money that will be used in the maintenance can be pump to dilapidated structures across the state
“If there is proper planning and research work on the conversion process it should yield better results and boost educational sector and also serve as a means of empowerment and a Channel to help youth have a skill profession apart from Tertiary institutions certificate
“Vocational technical education plays a vital role in the education sector of a Nation and also in building human resources and abilities. I will urge the government of His Excellency Prince Dapo Abiodun MFR to pay more attention to the process of converting the models schools into vocational technical centre’s and should meet international standards. This will ease the pressure on Theoretical studies in Universities and create avenue for less privileged who can’t afford University or Polytechnic in the state.
“Furthermore, the motto of this government is BUILDING OUR FUTURE Together, in building our future together we have to look at how education, employment, and ability to build human resources to prepare citizens for satisfactory living. When food, drink, bills and shelter is removed from many citizens challenges then we can aggregate or conclude that truly we have built our futures together. I strongly and affirmatively believe in the leadership of His Excellency Prince Dapo Abiodun MFR that the state government is up to task in revamping the educational sector and judiciously utilizing all the abandoned models schools which are worth 21billion naira. This isn’t a small money and shouldn’t be a waste in this kind of economic hardship of the nation.
“Conclusive, education has been the bedrock of the nation and our State Ogun has been the Gateway state to western education. This standard needs to be maintained and citizens should benefit from what education truly is not certifications and schooling. If more attention are paid, capable hands and people of high professional knowledge about education are brought in to head the affairs of the educational sector in Ogun State we should be singing a new song in the next few years” he said.
The National Presiden, National Association of Ogun State Students, Ogunronbi Emmanuel advised the state government to maximize opportunities with the model schools.
He said “discussion with the State Government is ongoing on as regards the model school . Last week, we were at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye for the school convocation. We seized that opportunity to visit the abandoned model school in Ago Iwoye.
“OOU can take over the model school in Ago Iwoye where one of the faculty or entrepreneurship classes can be moved to.
“Corporative College, Ijeja can take over the model school around Ota – Oshin as their HND building. All the model schools would be converted into different use”.