Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has enjoined all stakeholders in the education sector to join hands with his administration to uplift the standard of public secondary education in Ondo state.
The governor gave the admonition at the opening ceremony of the 2019 mandatory continuing professional training program organised by the south west bloc of the all Nigeria confederation of principals of secondary schools(Ancopss) held in Akure.
The body also conferred on the governor an award of Excellence for his unique contributions to the development of education in the state.
The training programme with the theme effects of social media on students academic performance brought together principals of secondary schools from Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Oyo and Ekiti states together to brainstorm on how to tackle this menace.
Speaking at the event, the South West Bloc Chairman, Mr. Abiodun Omotoso, specially commended governor Akeredolu for giving priority to the welfare of workers in the state through regular payment of salaries, provision of enabling environment, appointment of Tutors-General and strong support for Ondo ANCOPSS as well as the ongoing programme.
Omotosho explained that the professional training served as an avenue to celebrate, exchange views and ideas, chart a new course for improved teaching and learning, adopt best practices and upgrade the quality of principals.
In his welcome address, the Ondo state ANCOPSS President, Mr. Johnbull Mebawondu, saluted the courage and total commitment of governor Akeredolu to engender development, not only in the education sector but in all sectors of the state’s economy.
Mebawondu who equally solicited for more support from the governor in various areas to further take the state education sector to the text level expressed the hope that the productions and deliveries at the training would add more values to the education sector.
Declaring the programme opened, Governor Akeredolu explained that his administration would not shy away from its responsibilities, adding that government would continue to support programmes that promote and expand the horizon of teachers and principals in the state.
Represented by his chief of staff, Olugbenga Ale, the noted that his administration was committed to increase the enrolment of school children and ensure a conducive environment for teaching and learning in including aggressive renovation and construction of new classrooms, toilets and perimeter fence in schools across the state.
The governor further warned school Principals in the state against collecting illegal levies and enjoined state’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to curtail the ugly trend and be more proactive in ensuring effective supervision and monitoring of schools the eighteen council areas.