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We’re determined to reposition Osun basic education system – SUBEB chair

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The Executive Chairman, Osun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Hon. Israel Ajibola Famurewa, has restated the commitment of the Governor Adegboyega Oyetola-led administration to  reposition the basic education system in the State.


Famurewa stated this on Monday when he led some officials of the board and the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, All Progressives Congress (APC) News Online, Dr. Tom Ohikere on an inspection tour of some school infrastructural projects undertaken by the board. 


He said since inception, the present administration  has always paid adequate attention to things that would give astronomical development to education sector in the State, especially the basic education system. 


Famurewa who was accompanied by the Board’s Commissioner, Hon. Moshood Adekunle Oluawo, Executive Secretary, Mr. Adeoye Bakare and other officials of the Board, added that the government had ensured a facelift of infrastructural and academic development. 
According to him, several classrooms had been constructed, renovated and rehabilitated as the case may be to advance the quality of teaching and learning in all the public schools across the State.


Some of the schools visited were; Ataoja School of Science; Anthony Udofia Primary School both in Osogbo; Ijesa Muslim Grammar School, Ilesa; St. Philip’s Primary School, Ile-Ife;St. Stephen’s Grammar School, Modakeke; Urban Day Grammar School Ile-Ife; Oogi Community Grammar School; Adejuwon Government middle School, Owode-Ede. 


Speaking with newsmen after the inspection, Dr. Tom Ohikere lauded the huge investment of Governor Oyetola on education sector in the State, describing Osun as one of the leading light in the promotion of education in the country.


He also commended the Governor for prioritising education and giving the sector the prime place as the bedrock of socioeconomic development of the State, saying that ‘Osun has become a reference point in basic education system in Nigeria.’


Ohikere said further: “We are going round the country particularly the All Progressives Congress (APC) ruling States to take stock of development particularly in the area of basic education sector. We are in Osun State today which is the first State to be visited in the Southwest. We have been to Northwest and Northeast.


“This tour is a collaboration between the Universal Basic Education Commission and the All Progressives Congress (APC) News Online to take stock of basic educational development in the APC controlled States.
“From what I have seen so far in terms of the State’s prompt intervention on education, Osun has become a reference point in basic education system in Nigeria. This is so because of the quality of job done and still doing as well as the policies environment to raise the bar of education sector in the State. 


“As you can see, we have the Chairman SUBEB and his team going round with us, this didn’t happen in other States. If you look it from where we started in Osogbo, the kind of projects we saw are first of its kind in the country. We have not seen them anywhere. We only saw something related to that in Nasarawa State and it is about ICT Centre.


“What we saw here are so massive and we are impressed that the State has been driving their projects with systematical approach to basic education. We have been to Osun Central and we have just finished with Osun East Senatorial District and we are at Osun West.
“Part of what we have come here to do is to look at the learning environment, learning space, teaching and learning facilities, teachers’ welfare, teachers’ training and retraining. In the course of this tour, we have met with the pupils and the teachers and it is good to tell you that Osun teachers are very happy.
“We are equally happy that the State has been doing excellently well as reflected in its performance index. We have found out that the State is second in Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) just as its pupils took first the the general contest. 


“These are the bases we are here for. Investment on education can only be measured by the outcome. The outcome so far is wonderful and I believe it will be like this in all the States. 
“My advice for the citizens is to know that the development on education is a collective responsibility. We expect the community to take full and maximum advantage of the facilities provided by the government.”


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Breaking: Ganduje appoints new Emir of Gaya

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has in the early hours of Sunday appointed Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim-Gaya as the new emir of Gaya.

Ibrahim-Gaya succeeded his late father, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir who died at the age of 91 years after protracted illness.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji announced the appointment on behalf of the Governor.

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Tanks head for Kosovo-Serb border as Balkans tensions grow

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A Kosovo security unit trooper guards the border with Serbia as the Balkan nations trade accusations.
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Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti has accused neighbouring Serbia of “provoking a serious international conflict”, with tensions between the two countries at their highest for years.

In the latest flashpoint, two interior ministry offices in northern Kosovo were on Saturday attacked near border crossings blocked by local Serbs angered by a ban on cars with Serbian licence plates entering the country.

The car registration office in the town of Zubin Potok was set ablaze, and two hand grenades were thrown at the civil registration office in the nearby town of Zvecan, though they did not go off, police said.

There was no mention of any casualties.

Serbs from Kosovo’s north have blocked two main roads near the border since the government ban went into force on Monday.

Drivers from Serbia must now use temporary printed registration details that are valid for 60 days.

The Kosovo government says its move mirrors measures in force in Serbia against drivers from Kosovo since 2008, when Kosovo declared independence from their neighbour.

Serb fighter planes flew close to the border crossing of Jarinje where protesters cheered them. A day before, three helicopters also flew in the vicinity.

Media in Belgrade reported that tanks and other military equipment were heading towards the border, but the Serb army did not give any details.

NATO’s mission in Kosovo, where peacekeepers maintain a fragile peace, called for restraint.

Source: (NewDaily)


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Anthony Joshua breaks his silence after devastating defeat to Oleksandr Usyk

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Joshua was outclassed by Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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Anthony Joshua is determined to stay positive after his devastating world title defeat to Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday.

Usyk turned in a boxing masterclass to take the IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight titles, dethroning Joshua in his own back yard at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Joshua immediately left the ring after the Ukrainian’s unanimous decision win and was taken to hospital to be assessed after taking damage to his right eye during the contest.

But he wrote on Twitter: ‘Keep positive even if the world’s crumbling in front of you!

London I love you and thank you each and every time

A rematch clause will give Joshua the chance to reclaim his titles but promoter Eddie Hearn has warned big changes are needed if he is to avenge the loss.

The fighter in AJ is already talking about winning the rematch.

‘It was a tough defeat. I had it reasonably close in the eighth and then Usyk ran away with it. If that happens again, he will get beat again.

‘Usyk’s confidence will be sky high. He has to impose himself but when you get to the level of AJ, there are no 10-round comeback fights or warm ups.

‘You are straight into the fight. He will be an underdog in that rematch.

‘He chose to take on a pound for pound great tonight, and it didn’t work out. He deserves credit for that but this is sport.’

Source: (Metro News)


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