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Oyo State Ready to partner With Korean govt on ICT, quality education

Etha Ugoh January 19, 2021 17


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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde on Tuesday, said that his administration would digitalise the state’s educational system by partnering with Korea International Cooperation Agency to enhance the quality of education and its service delivery in the state.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the governor made this statement while receiving a delegation of the KOICA, and the Universal Basic Education Commission led by the KOICA Country Director, Mr. Woochan Chang, at the Courtesy Room of the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Ibadan.

The KOICA delegation was in Ibadan to inspect on-going construction works on a Smart (Model) School Project being constructed by UBEC in Sogunro Village, along Moniya-Oyo Road, Akinyele Local Government Area.

While welcoming the delegation, Governor Seyi Makinde said that part of his administration’s determination is to improve the standard of education in the state.

The governor added that his government budgeted 21 to 22 per cent for education in the current year and he personally has a special interest in the smart school project. He also promised that his administration will ensure that the quality meets international standards. I am glad that you are looking at interventions in ICT because e-governance is something we have also been looking at.

“With the pandemic, the challenges for us to take knowledge to our students became really compounded. So, what we have done in Oyo State, even at this secretariat, is to move towards e-governance. We have laid fiber-optic cables all around. We have bought computers and we are in the process of ensuring that our processes are moved towards e-governance where we are not going to be carrying files all over the place.

“We are doing the same thing at the primary and secondary school levels. We will prepare people for e-governance. The importance of moving everybody – both the students and teachers – to have appreciation of ICT became really hectic.

“You have our commitment as we have the SSG and Chairman of SUBEB to take you to our ICT Centre here. Before we came in, it was just a dream in the pipeline but we are now executing.”

Governor Seyi Makinde maintained that the on-going construction work on the Smart (Model) School project in Ibadan will be ready for commissioning in the next 8-10 weeks, and his administration has always been monetarily involved in the project.

“In terms of putting our mouth where our money is, the budget performance for last year, close to 60 per cent is a clear departure from the past where budget performance was always around 35 or 36 per cent.

“I believe that this particular model school will start soon and we will be monitoring them. Like the chairman of SUBEB said, hopefully in the next 8-10 weeks, we should have the project ready for your intervention.

“This is me having the responsibility to ensure that our programmes for the improvement of education in the state are executed. I am here with you this morning, which is to demonstrate enough commitment at the highest level in paying attention to one of the major pillars for us.”

The governor added that his administration would like to collaborate with the South Korean government in the area of vocational and technical education.

Earlier, the Country Director of KOICA CA, Mr. Chang, said the agency is partnering with UBEC on the provision of multimedia equipment and facilities to the model school.

He said: “We are here on assessment. We’ve met the governor, SUBEB chairman and other education officials in the state. We are here for an on-the-site visit to the school construction area. We need to see how much the government and SUBEB are eager to utilise the investment for the future education in the state.

“We are representing the South Korea Government. We have supported many countries in the world. KOICA is supporting many countries in social and economic development. Basically, we promote digital performance and digital education in Nigeria. On the other hand, we have an interest in promoting ICT and digital education in Nigeria.”

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