2020 is a year that hinder development of many ministries in the country in term of development but despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has recorded 95% projects completion.
This was made known by the Executive Chairman, Dr Nureni Aderemi Adeniran while briefing Journalists on the achievement in the year 2020.
Adeniran who doubled as the Chairman, Southwest Universal Basic Education Board said the Covid-19 pandemic was not an excuse for him and his associates to embark on making sure that education is seen as a tool to fight poverty in the state as well as making sure that basic amenities are provided for both the teachers and students in Oyo State.
“When we came into the office, we have plans and we ensure that we put in efforts to achieve this. To the glory of God, we awarded 5 model schools, 15 blocks of classrooms, we have 59 renovations done across the state as well as providing schools with chairs and tables for both the teachers and students. We also equipped them with sport equipment and to the glory of God, I can tell you that 5 model schools we awarded are completed and we only gave them out this year and we ensured that all hands are on desk to deliver these projects along with completion of borehole.
“We also equipped schools with farm equipment to farm most especially on Animal husbandry and Poultry farming. Students are exposed to this to build ahead the future and prepare them to be financially stable and also to help them grow the Agricultural sector of the country. I am bold to say that we have 95% projects completion of all awarded projects given out.”
“Despite having a lot of projects inherited from the previous administration, we are focused to deliver. We inherited 54 projects from the previous administration and by the grace of God, we were able to complete 41 projects so far despite the Covid 19 pandemic. ”
Adeniran added that his administration believes in government continuity as this administration didn’t terminate contracts awarded by the previous administration but urged the contractor to speed up the delivery of projects.
“The administration of Engr Seyi Makinde is the government of all and that is why we didn’t terminate contracts awarded by the previous administration despite the fact that they awarded a lot of projects and they were unable to complete many but we took it on ourselves to ensure that we complete the projects. We also took it upon ourselves that the previous administration didn’t pay the counterpart funds early to ensure the projects completion but the administration under Engr Seyi Makinde has been paying the counterpart funds to ensure we give out projects and ensure completions”
Adeniran concluded that recruitment of teachers is needed as they have many teachers who has retired, dead and many shifted to Secondary Schools. He said Oyo SUBEB is aware of the need of teachers to boast the primary education in the state.
“We have lost many teachers to retirement, death and some to shifting from primary schools to Secondary Schools and we must replace them.
“We are already doing underground works as I can assure you that Oyo SUBEB recruitment will commence by the quarter of the 2021.”