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School Development: Adeleke Creates Govt – Alumni Partnership Board (GSPD) for Osun

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The Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke has announced the creation of a partnership board between government and alumni associations at all levels of education in the state as part of sustained effort of his administration to reposition education and improve standards, saying non-governmental groups are critical partners in the development of schools.

Governor Adeleke made the disclosure when he hosted a delegation of the Ilesa Grammar School Old Students Association in his office on Tuesday, noting that the board which will be launched by mid-March will complement his administration’s effort at complete rehabilitation of schools in Osun state.

The Governor commended the Ilesa Grammar School Old Students Association for their sustained contributions to their alma mata, emphasizing the importance of support from private sources as “the government has limited funding capacity, non-governmental groups become a critical partner in school development.”

Adeleke noted that, “it is on this note that I want to use this opportunity to announce the creation of a standing Government-Alumni Partnership Board at all levels of our education system.

“The board will exist at local and state levels with focus on harnessing developmental support from governmental and non-governmental sources for the development of our schools.

“I further direct the Ministry of Education to work out the modalities for the creation and operations of the Board within the next one month. The board is to be publicly unveiled by mid-March.

“We must capitalize on the rich antecedents of our alumni associations to develop our education system. The Partnership Board when in place, will focus on project development, learning equipment, training support and welfare issues for the school community

“I urge this delegation to take the message to other alumni associations across the state.”

Speaking earlier, the National Vice Chairman, Ilesa Grammar School Old Students Association, Dr. Wale Bolorunduro, congratulated Governor Adeleke for the successes he has recorded in the areas of infrastructure, economy and human development, saying that “Truly the light shines and darkness cannot comprehend it.”

Dr. Bolorunduro said the purpose of the visit of the body was to intimate the Governor of efforts to reset Ilesa Grammar School to produce luminaries as it was in the past, detailing interventions by various set of the alumni of the school in the last three years to reconstruct and renew buildings “that had been run down due to abandonment and previous relocation of students away from our school.”

“We have had serious interventions by old students to return the Omoluabi ethos that binds us together, through various interventions since the school’s name was returned and premises returned for the objective of producing giants.

“In the last four years, we have had interventions, about 90 in number. We hereby submit the list to you Sir. Amount spent is over 1 billion Naira with close to 500 million Naira spent on physical infrastructures, directly by the individual class sets.

“When we come around, we pay the educational development levy of our students, which can be codified properly to support our students and the government in a responsible way that will also help the running of the school.

“We are set to spend another 1 billion Naira to further recover our school over the next three (3) to four (4) through direct project sponsorship by old students/class sets and central Endowment fund support. Our pipeline of projects based on the needs of the school and what we need to do in the next four (4) years will be unveiled on Saturday, 10th February which is the Grand Finale of this ceremony.”

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APC Primary Election: Interior Minister Congratulates Aiyedatiwa

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The Minister of Interior, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has congratulated Gov. Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State over his emergence as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Saturday’s primary election.

This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen by the Special Adviser to the Minister of Interior on Media and Publicity, Mr Alao Babatunde, on Monday in Akure.

Reports says that Aiyedatiwa got the highest number of votes, and was declared winner by the Gov.

Usman Ododo-led electoral committee in the APC primary election held on Saturday.

Tunji-Ojo, who described the primary election as a family affair, noted that it reaffirmed the commitment of the party to the tenets of democracy.

“I congratulate His  Excellency, Gov. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, for clinching the ticket of the party after a keenly- contested primary election.

“APC has demonstrated that our democracy has grown and can thrive even to deliver its dividends to the people.

“I appreciate the other contestants for demonstrating the spirit of sportsmanship before and during the process.

“In a contest like this, where all candidates belong to a progressive family, the party emerges as the winner, as victory is a privilege bestowed upon the ticket holder.

“I am confident Aiyedatiwa will win the election come Nov. 16, and ultimately, the people of Ondo State will be the winner,” the minister said. (NAN)

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10th NASS to Provide Legal Framework for AI Regulation

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Tajudeen Abbas has promised that the 10th National Assembly will provide legal framework to regulate the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the country.
Abbas said this at the 2023/2024 matriculation of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS)/University of Benin (UniBen) in Abuja on Monday.


Represented by the Minority Leader, Rep.
Kingsley Chinda (PDP-Rivers), Abbas said that the parliament was aware of the global advancement on AI.

He said that other countries had advanced their educational systems and had continued to explore opportunities in AI to optimise their human capital development.
“To key into this emerging development, the 10th National Assembly will strive to provide a legal framework for regulating the adoption of AI in our country to ensure an optimal mix of labour-capital ratio in our nation’s development process.

“In this direction, NILDS is expected to look into the possibilities of providing research-based intellectual support to facilitate the actualisation of this very important modern process,” he said.
Abbas pledged continuous support of the National Assembly for NILDS and urged the new students to attend lectures regularly, do assignments promptly, and obey all the rules and regulations that were contained in the student handbook.
In her remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of UniBen, Prof. Lilian Salami, said that the university had made some giant academic strides.
“This all-around excellence has resulted in a large number of students seeking admission into the university and the institute yearly.
“We shall continue to ensure that the template is sustained and that our students get the best in academic fulfillment and character molding because these are vital elements expected to make our products globally competitive and marketable.
“As the new students settle down for serious academic work, please remember that your role is to add value to the democratic process and not to degrade it; be worthy of this opportunity and we expect merit.
“As mature students, no one needs to emphasise to you that social biases are acceptable at all levels in this institute,’’ she said.
Also speaking, the Director-General of NILDS, Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman, said that the 2023/2024 session was unique as a total of 180 students was admitted.
He said that for the first time, the institution recorded the enrolment of foreign students into its postgraduate programmes.
“This is a testament to the increased quality of our academic programmes at NILDS,” he said.
Sulaiman said that the feat would not have been possible without the commitment of the National Assembly, the University of Benin, the Ministry of Education, the National Universities Commission (NUC), and the National Board for Technical Education.
The DG said that the best students would be recognised and offered prize awards at the end of the programme saying that the institute had invested several resources to ensure equal opportunity for all.
The 180 students were admitted for Master’s Degree in Constitutional Law and Development, Legislative Studies, and Master’s in Elections and Party Politics.
Others were Master in Laws (LLM), Legislative Drafting, Master in Parliamentary Administration, and the Post Graduate Diploma in Elections and Political Party Management. (NAN)

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Ododo Declares Aiyedatiwa Winner of APC Governorship Ticket in Ondo

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Amidst protest over the conduct of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primay election in Ondo State, Gov. Lucky Aiyedatiwa was early on Monday morning declared winner.

The Chairman of the party’s Primary Election Committee for Ondo State and Governor of Kogi,  Usman Ododo said that Aiyedatiwa having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest vote was the winner.

Reports says that 171,922 members of the party were revalidated to vote in 203 wards in the 18 local government areas of the state.

Ododo said that Aiyedatiwa polled  48,569 votes to defeat his closest opponent, Mr Mayowa Akinfolarin, who had 15,343 out of 95,178 valid votes counted.

Mr Olusola Oke, SAN, was placed  third with 14,195 votes.

According to the chairman of the election committee, Aiyedatiwa won in 16 out of the 18 local government areas of the state while Oke won in one

He said that there was no voting in Ifedore Local Government Area as a result of widespread violence and threat to life.

Ododo appreciated all party members who participated  in the exercise for their courage and perseverance, describing the primary election as peaceful.

He said that the real work had just begun, adding that the aspirants and their supporters should not allow the results of the primary election to divide them.

According to him, there is no reason to abandon the party.

The chairman asked the party members to be in unity in order to come out more united and stronger in the subsequent political contests.

NAN reports that the party adopted the direct mode for the conduct of the primary which held on Saturday.

However, due to some irregularities a rerun was ordered on Sunday in the 13 wards in Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state.

Earlier, some of the aspirants criticized the conduct of the primary election alleging violence and none arrival of materials and officials in some wards.

There was also a protest on Sunday by supporters of some of the aspirants at the APC secretariat in Akure, who called for the cancellation of the exercise.

Other aspirants that participated in the primary are: Mr Isaac Kekemeke, Mr Olusoji Ehinlanwo, Mr Olugbenga Edema , Sen. Jimoh Ibrahim, Mr Diran Iyantan; Prof. Dayo Faduyile, Mr Ifeoluwa Oyedele.

Others are Mrs Funmilayo Waheed-Adekojo, Mr Adewale Akinterinwa; Mr Olusola Oke, Mr  Ohunyeye Felix; Mr Morayo Lebi, Mrs Judith Omogoroye and Mr Jimi Odimayo. ( NAN)

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