UBEC seeks Recruitment of More Teachers in Oyo State
Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan
The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), has called on the Oyo State Government to recruit more teachers into public primary schools in the state.
The Executive Secretary (ES) of UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi, gave the charge in Ibadan, the state capital, as part of the 2022 National Personnel Audit team’s recommendation to the state government.
While commending the qualitative education pupils in Oyo State are enjoying under the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration, Bobboyi said the need to recruit more teachers became manifest during the just concluded Personnel Audit Exercise in the state by the commission, in collaboration with the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (OYOSUBEB).
He, however, commended the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board for cooperating with the commission’s audit team in the conduct of the National Personnel Audit Exercise.
Speaking through the head of the team, Engr Muhammed Bello, the ES pledged the commitment of the commission to look into other areas to move basic education forward in Oyo State, noting that the National Personnel Audit Exercise was a major activity in data gathering used in the planning and development of education.
Bobboyi, who revealed that the commission discovered a lot of progress made compared to the previous exercise, stated: “Though entry is still ongoing, we would give the Board updates on the list and give the State government accurate data in order to plan and develop basic education.”
The ES solicited the cooperation of other stakeholders in education in ensuring accurate data so as to know where every Nigerian child of school age was at any given time.
Responding, the Executive Chairman, OYOSUBEB, Dr Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, admitted the shortage of teachers in the state, saying the state government is making efforts to look into fresh recruitment and replacement of seconded teachers in the state.
Adejiran noted: “We are aware of the shortage of teachers in our primary schools. The state government, under the leadership of our dear Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, is making efforts to ensure the problem is resolved in time.”
He said the state government would continue to collaborate with the federal government and other relevant agencies to ensure the public education sector in the state thrives.
Adeniran also hinted that school owners and proprietors operating illegally in the State would be made to face the law, warning such schools to regularise their registration by visiting the ministry of Education, Ibadan.
He reiterated the Oyo State Government’s commitment to revamping education in the state and commended the National Personnel Audit team’s report on data of schools in the state, adding that the update would help the state in planning its education in the forthcoming fiscal budget.