Governor Segun Mimiko’s Inaccuracies on Tinubu’s Education Legacy

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Oct 13, 2012 No Comments ›› josh

Now, is it true that the Tinubu administration built only one Millennium school in eight years? The whole idea of Mega schools was actually copied by Mimiko from Lagos. The Tinubu administration built four of such Millennium secondary schools in its first term in office

It was only natural that the Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Segun Mimiko, and his Labour Party would respond forcefully and fiercely to the recent massive campaign rallies of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Ikare, Ondo and Ore. The leadership of the ACN at every point promised to replicate the ongoing radical modernisation of infrastructure in Lagos, Osun, Ekiti, Ogun, Edo and Oyo in Ondo State if the party’s candidate, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, is voted into office on October 20. They decried the perceived non-performance of the Mimiko administration over the last three and a half years, aggressively made the case for the ongoing process of regional integration in the South West and argued that Ondo, where the Action Group was launched in the first republic, cannot afford to be isolated from the rest of the region at this critical stage in the evolution of Nigeria. On the character issue, the ACN campaign hit Mimiko hard over his alleged reneging on his pledge to join the party following the fervent support he received from the progressives during the legal battle to reclaim his mandate. They contended that such lack of gratitude and breach of trust is alien to the ‘omoluabi’ culture of the Yoruba.

The Labour Party seized the opportunity of its rally at Okitipupa in the Southern Senatorial District of the state to hit back at the ACN. Taking a swipe at the ACN national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor Mimiko said: “In Ondo State, the ACN is not on ground and they will meet their political waterloo. Please ask them what they are doing in Osun that we have not done better? In any of their states, Ondo State is better managed than them. I salute Babatunde Fashola, whatever anybody may say, he has shown a flash of brilliance in governance. But the eight years before Fashola, what did they do in Lagos? They used eight years to build just one Millennium School; we in Ondo State, in just three and a half years built world class mega schools all over the state”.

Now, there are several problems with the governor’s logic here. First, he is imprecise on the number of ‘world class mega schools’ his administration has built. Secondly, his admission that Governor Fashola has performed brilliantly is instructive. Fashola is not implementing his own personal programme in Lagos. He is executing the policy plank of the ACN, which was actually commenced by the Tinubu administration. Mimiko is, therefore, indirectly admitting that the ACN has a workable and coherent policy programme. Again, it was Tinubu that recommended Fashola as the best man to succeed him amidst fierce opposition within the party. If Fashola has justified Tinubu’s recommendation by performing well, according to Mimiko, it means that the former Governor of Lagos State is a good judge of leadership qualities and the people of Ondo State can thus rely on his recommendation of Mr Rotimi Akeredolu as a candidate that can transform the state.

Beyond this, Mimiko contended that ACN’s talk of regional integration “is the integration of the pocket of one person”. If that is so, how come that Fashola in Lagos has effectively managed the resources of the state to demonstrate “a flash of brilliance” as Mimiko admits? If the aim is to milk the resources of Ondo State as Mimiko alleges, would the ACN have chosen a candidate like Akeredolu, a SAN and former President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) with a reputation for character, integrity and a fiercely independent mind?

Now, is it true that the Tinubu administration built only one Millennium school in eight years? The whole idea of Mega schools was actually copied by Mimiko from Lagos. The Tinubu administration built four of such Millennium secondary schools in its first term in office at a cost of N145 million each. These are Abibat Mogaji Millennium Senior Secondary School, Iloro, Agege; Ajibola Ige Millennium Senior Secondary School, Ajeromi-Ifelodun; The Millennium Senior Secondary, Egbeda and the Babs Fafunwa Millennium Secondary, Ojodu, Ikeja. With the construction of these four mega schools, the Tinubu administration deliberately changed its strategy and focussed on the aggressive rehabilitation of existing schools as well as the construction of smaller and more efficiently manageable school structures.

Some of the Tinubu administration’s achievements in this regard include the provision of 22-storey prototype blocks in 15 secondary schools at a total cost of N130 million; the rehabilitation of 39 functional blocks of classrooms at a cost of N108,689, 939.00; the establishment of 10 new secondary schools in rural and riverine areas of the state; the construction of 39 functional blocks with the 6 in I Bungalow classroom blocks at a cost of N54, 300,000.00; the construction of 501 classrooms in 24 primary and 26 secondary schools at a cost of N1,195 billion; the rehabilitation of 602 schools in four primary and 50 secondary schools at a cost of N561 million; the completion of 68 abandoned classrooms in four primary schools and the central workshop in two technical colleges at a cost of N347 million and carrying out of emergency repairs in 68 schools across the state at a total cost of N50 million.

Between 1999 and 2007, the Tinubu administration constructed 215, 230 pairs of dual desks and benches in primary, secondary and technical colleges. In the first two years of its first term, the administration spent N44, 591, 302.00 on the provision of science furniture, fixtures and fittings to schools. Between 1999 and 2007, the Tinubu government expended N419,693, 740.00 on the provision of science materials for students in public schools towards the WAEC/NECO Senior Secondary Certificate Practical Examinations. Throughout his tenure, the Tinubu administration paid the WAEC and NECO fees for Senior Secondary 111 students in public schools. The Tinubu administration established Computer Resource Centres in 40 public secondary schools in the state equipped with Computer systems, Printers, UPS stabilisers, Computer tables, chairs and scanners. The sum of N7.1 million was expended on the construction of five Introductory Technology workshops and N4,749,000.00 for the installation of Introductory Technology Equipment in the Junior Secondary Schools.

The administration established 14 new primary, Junior and Secondary schools between 1999 and 2007 to accommodate increase in the school age population. These schools are Ije-Ododo Grammar school, Ojo; Onilekere Junior High School, Ikeja; Oto-Awori Junior High School, Ojo; Olorunishola Community High School, Ayobo-Ipaja, Alimosho; Elepe Community High School, Ikorodu; Community Primary School, Ishefun, Alimosho; Community Primary School, Amikanle, Alimosho; Community Primary School, Baruwa, Alimosho; Community Primary School, Togodejoye, Ikorodu; Aiyekoto Primary School, Imude, Ojo; Community Primary School, Shibiri, Ibeju-Lekki and Community Primary School, Nanty Village, Apapa.

In 2006, the administration for the first time in the history of the country paid N4.7 million for the NABTEB examination fees for all final year students in the five state government Technical Colleges. The Ministry of Education presented cheques of N200 million to principals and head teachers of senior and junior secondary schools in December 2006. In 2005, the administration re-structured the state into six new Educational Districts and for the first time, teachers were able to rise to the position of Permanent Secretaries/Tutor Generals as heads of each education district. This brief overview demonstrates that Governor Mimiko was grossly inaccurate in his assessment of Tinubu’s legacy in the education sector of Lagos State.


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