“Secondary education must be accorded the deserved priority that aims at helping our youths develop sellable skills and knowledge to continue with their studies”
Those were the words of Chief Biodun Owonikoko (SAN), the Baamofin of Oke-Ogun land.
He spoke last week during the event of another round of quiz competition he organised for some secondary schools in Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State.
The quiz competition, which was organized in partnership with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), was held at the Iseyin Local Government secretariat, Iseyin.
According to Chief Owonikoko, the process of education reforms must match modern scientific and technological innovations for it to remain relevant to the learner and the nation. It also takes years for any meaningful educational reform to yield fruits. Nigeria must learn to plan its education and implement it with commitment and sense of direction for the greater good of all its citizens”.
On the kind and nature of policies needed to effect true reforms in the education sector, the erudite lawyer, whomwas represented by Alhaji Waheed Shittu, stressed that policies should not be implemented in haste but properly thought through.
It would be better if policies are made in such a way that changes can be accommodated without disturbing the overall system in operation. Nigeria education should aspire for manpower training.”
The quiz competition saw hundreds of students from schools in the four local governments in the area compete for prizes ranging from laptops to mobile phone and cash.
The competing local governments are Kajola, Iwajowa, Itesiwaju and Iseyin.
After a preliminary competition, the best three students in each participating local government were brought to Iseyin for the final competition.
They were tested in English, Mathematics and Current Affairs.
At the end of the competition, Kajola Local Government
came first while Iseyin and Itesiwaju came second and third respectively.
The elated Kajola and Iseyin teams went home with a laptop each while Itesiwaju team was rewarded with a mobile phone. The remaining nine participants got N5,000 cash each.
Owonikoko, who is the Baamofin of Oke-Ogun land, explained that his decision to start the project in 2010 was borne out of the need to boost the interest of the younger generation in education so that they can strive for excellence. He added that it was his own little way of supporting education development among the indigenes of Oke-Oke where he hails from.
Also speaking at the event, State Coordinator of the NYSC, Mrs Olufunmilayo Akin-Moses, who was represented by the Zonal Inspector of Education for Ibarapa, Mrs Ajose Yewise, lauded the initiative of the legal icon. She congratulated the participating schools for being part of a
veritable platform towards remodeling their future for the better.