By Babs-Oluribigbe Adeoye
The Caretaker Chairman of Egbeda Local Government, Dr. Amos Olawoyin (JP), has backed the decision of the Oyo State government to reopening schools for Primary Six pupils, Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3 students.
Dr Olawoyin during an interview with our correspondent in his office stated that the current pandemic has taken its tools on the education systems all over Nigeria, and the decision of the Oyo state government to allow the final year pupils in our primary schools and junior and senior secondary school should be applauded instead of being criticised.
He disagreed with some people who described the decision of the Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde as insensitive.
Olawoyin said the government did not just arrive at the decision for the fun of it, but also in its wisdom spelt out modalities to be followed in reopening the schools for the final year’s pupils and students in our primary and secondary schools respectively.
“Government has also promised to be monitoring situation in our schools and ensuring that lives of our pupils and students are not in jeopardy”, he said.
He added that with the regulations of the government that schools must provide hand wash points, provision of alcoholic based sanitizers and compulsory wearing of face masks for pupils, students, teaching and non-teaching staff, there should be no cause for alarm.
“So if our schools can abide by the regulations provided by the government, there would not be any cause for alarm,” he included.
Dr. Olawoyin further said that Egbeda Local Government under his leadership would complement the efforts of the state government in monitoring and ensuring that all these regulations arte being complied with by the public and private schools in the local government.
Speaking on his achievement for the last six months he has been in the saddle of affairs of Egbeda local government, the caretaker chairman said he and his team have done so much within the short stint in office.
According to him, “We have graded some roads in all the four wards of the local government, and also dredged rivers which used to overflow and cause flood. We are about to commence the construction of boreholes in some areas to provide good water because we believe water is essential in Egbeda, to prevent pipe borne diseases.”
Olawoyin however said he has been able to carry out laudable projects in the local government despite the paucity of funds
“We met financial problem when we came on board and we are still facing the same till now but the little money we got from the state, we are able to use judiciously. Our mandate is to serve the people and we will not hesitate to use what we have to provide our people their deserved comfort” he said.
He added that, “The present level of our Internal Generated Revenue is nothing to write home about, because during the tenure of the last administration in the state, most of the sources of IGR in the local government have been taken over by the state. But on that, we will soon have this normalise by the present administration.”