Category: Oyo State State Universal Basic Education Board

The Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board has adopted a literacy book, Iwe-Kika for implementation of Better Education Service Delivery for All in Oyo State.

Iwe-Kika is a fun and interactive teaching tool that uses phonics literacy teaching methodology in Yoruba language. The book is recommended by the Universal Basic Education Commission for BESDA States.

Speaking at the end of a 3-day meeting on content development and adoption of iwe kika in Ibadan today, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran said the literary book is recommended to teach out of school children, because of the way that it quickly provides children with the skills needed to read and write in Yoruba language.

He noted that the Oyo State Government in collaboration with UBEC and World Bank has purchased and distributed 31, 302 Dandan l’eko and Jolly phonics textbooks to One thousand two hundred schools in the twenty-one (21) BESDA Local Government Universal Basic Education Areas.

Adeniran added that the State Government and UBEC allocated One Hundred and Thirty Five Million, Two hundred and Sixty-One thousand, four hundred and Fifty Naira (N135, 261, 450.00) on Dadan leko books in schools, while Nine Million, Two Hundred and Seventy-Three Thousand, Three Hundred and Nineteen Naira (N9, 273, 319) was allocated for Jolly phonics.

The SUBEB boss reiterated Oyo State Government’s commitment to the BESDA course of ridding the streets of out-of-school children and ensuring they are retained in classrooms.

Speaking earlier, a co-author of Iwe-Kika, Prof. Omobola Adelore said the books are designed to be kept in the hearts and minds of children.

She said the books would improve the literacy level of the children, as it has been designed to ease the learning process of the children.

The Executive Secretary of the Board, Mr. Olusanjo Adeniyi opined that the adoption and use of Iwe-Kika would improve the reading and writing skills of children within the basic education age.

He thanked the Universal Basic Education Commission and Oyo State Government for their timely intervention in salvaging the deficiency revealed through the constant monitoring by the SUBEB team.

Iwe Kika was written by the Department of Adult Education, University of Ibadan. Professor Duro Adeleke of the Department of Yoruba; Prof. Omobola Adelore, of the Department of Adult Education and others co-authored it.


Media Team, 

Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board.


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Out-of-School Children: Oyo Resolves Bottlenecks impeding Implementation of BESDA

The Oyo State Government has resolved all teething challenges impeding the smooth implementation of Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) in the pacesetter State, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran said on Friday.

Adeniran dropped the hint during a meeting with the BESDA Implementation Committee in Ibadan.

Adeniran affirmed that the State is set to commence BESDA fully, as all hurdles militating against the full implementation have been cleared by the State Government.

He said the Oyo State Government’s determined efforts to ensure reduction in the rate of out-of-school children in the State brought the dream to fruition.

Dr. Adeniran explained that the project, which is an initiative of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), is aimed at complementing the immense efforts of Governor Seyi Makinde led administration in the State to address the menace of out-of-school children.

Adeniran commended the present administration in the State for investing more than 21% of the State’s annual budget in the State’s education sector, adding that this has ensured effective teaching and learning in schools, particularly at the foundation level which is key to societal development.

While the SUBEB boss pledged, on behalf of the BESDA Implementation Committee, to comply with the Action plan of the project, as stipulated by UBEC, he also acknowledged the huge support received from the Commission in ensuring the release of the sum needed for the programme.

He therefore urged members of the implementation team to commit themselves to the programme, adding that there are no excuses for any member of the committee not to be committed to the UBEC/World Bank Assisted project.

Speaking at the meeting, the BESDA Consultant in Oyo State, Prof. Modupe Adelabu assured that she would deploy her wealth of experience in the implementation of the programme in Oyo State.

In their separate remarks, the Special Adviser on Intervention Funds and State Portfolio Coordinator, World Bank Projects, Mrs. Aderonke Adedayo and the Senior Special Assistant on BESDA, Mr. Sunday Adeyanju pledged their support to the full implementation of the programme.

They pledged their commitment to reduce the rate of out-of-school children in the State, just as they declared that improving the standard of education is part of the priorities of the present administration.


Media Team, 

Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board.


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UBEC, Oyo Govt Train 100 Quality Assurance Officers on Effective School Evaluation

Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (OyoSUBEB) in conjunction with Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Abuja, has organised a 5-Day Second Level Training for One Hundred (100) Quality Assurance Officers.

The training which started on September 6th in Ibadan, had participants drawn from the all Local Government Universal Basic Education Authorities in the State.

The Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, noted that capacity-building is essential to develop competence and skills that will make the Board more effective. He therefore asserted that the training was geared towards improving learning in line with international best practices.

Represented by the South-West Zonal Director, UBEC, Alhaji Alabi Asaju, Bobboyi added that the commission, in conjunction with the State Universal Basic Education Board, was setting standards that would be sustained in years to come.

He further commended the Management Board of Oyo State Universal Basic Education for its commitment to effectiveness and efficiency in the basic education sub-sector of Oyo State.

In his speech, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran said that the State’s quality assurance had been in practice, but that the training was needed to further expose them to various techniques.

He explained that the theme of the training, “Effective School Evaluation: Panacea for improving learning outcomes and strengthening of the school system” would further expose the trainees to ways of improving learning outcomes, results and performances in the educational system.

Dr. Nureni Adeniran added that Engr. Seyi Makinde led administration has revamped and restructured the Education sector of the State through various means, including earmarking 21% in the State’s annual budget to the education sector.

“As part of the concerted effort of the Executive Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde to revamp and restructure the Education sector, he has graciously earmarked 21% in the Oyo State budget for the Education sector, a gesture that has never occurred in the State even in the past administrations out of which counterpart funds are always released to the Board for construction of classrooms, erection of perimeter fences, provision of furniture and purchase of instructional materials”, he said.

While Adeniran acknowledged the immense support received from UBEC in delivering 33 Motorcycles, 30 laptops and printers for Quality Assurance Officers, he expressed optimism that after the 5-day training, officers would be acquainted with the requisite skills for effective performance.

In their separate remarks, the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr. Olusanjo Adeniyi and the Director, Quality Assurance, UBEC, Mansir Idris, said the training sought to develop new strategies to improve the quality of learning in basic schools across Oyo State. They added that the training was in response to the need to strengthen the capacity of the officers, especially at the Local Government levels.


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Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board.

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“We Have Paid Counterpart funds for 2020-2021 UBEC/SUBEB Intervention Projects”- Oyo Govt 

The Oyo State Government has refuted claims that it has not accessed N715Million counterpart funds for Universal Basic Education Commission/SUBEB Year 2020 Intervention Projects. 

Reacting in Ibadan to allegations that the State Government has failed to pay its counterpart fund to access the projects, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran affirmed that the State has in fact paid counterpart funds for 2020 and 2021 to UBEC.

He said the responsive administration of Governor Seyi Makinde has been faithful to the release of funds for the Basic Education sub-sector, in order to attend to the growing number of children in the State’s Primary schools.

Dr. Adeniran maintained that the Federal agency essentially is in receipt of the counterpart grant paid by the State Government for Years 2020 and 2021.

“We equally have evidence of the payment and lodgement of the money”, he added.

“Oyo State does not belong to the categories of States that failed to pay counterpart funds to access UBEC matching grants as being erroneously peddled in the above news item”, he said.

Dr. Adeniran, while stressing that the Federal Government agency has done due diligence, after receipt of the counterpart funds and Action Plans for the projects, also maintained that UBEC has sent its team of experts to carry out verification exercise on all the proposed construction/renovation as well as the school furniture and boreholes to be sunk.

“They have completed the exercise and submitted their report. There is no doubt that the matching grants will be released to the State any moment from now because UBEC is at the final stage of the exercise”, he said.

According to the statement, “UBEC grants are recurring annual Federal educational grants to State Governments accessed after payment of specified matching counterpart funds. Despite the huge amounts normally required as a counterpart fund, the Oyo State Government under Governor Seyi Makinde has not failed in releasing its part of the funds”.

He advised journalists and online bloggers to clarify stories from the right quarters and not mislead the public, saying the State Government’s claims can be confirmed from UBEC office, Abuja.



Media Team, 

Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board.

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African Students Union Parliament Collaborates with Oyo Govt to Curb Drug Abuse

…As SUBEB Boss Bags Icon of Nation Building Award

The Oyo State Government has said it will collaborate with the African Students Union Parliament (ASUP) in the fight against drug abuse across the State.

This was disclosed during a courtesy visit of the Parliament to the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, in Ibadan on Thursday.

Speaker of the Parliament, Rt. Hon. Kewul Abel, from University of Professional Studies, Accra Ghana sought the State Government’s support in the Union’s ongoing sensitization programme against drug abuse across the African continent, urging the State Government to include Fight Against Drugs in its curriculum.

He further said that the collaboration aims to successfully curtail the drug menace in Africa, adding that it became necessary due to the rising cases of illegal consumption of prohibited substances, especially among youths.

The Speaker also noted that there was an urgent need for the present crop of African leaders, especially in the education sector to build on the dreams of the founding fathers of the union, in order to salvage the decay in the education sector.

The Union also honoured the Executive Chairman of Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran with the prestigious Icon of Nation Building Award.

Presenting the award, Rt. Hon Abel said that the recipient, whose rise through his chosen endeavours as an Educationist, Lawyer and Politician has been an inspiration to many.

Abel added that Dr. Adeniran is a leader and a role model of excellence with an incomparable inspiration whose name will go down in history as one of the most celebrated and most impactful leaders of our time.

Recounting Adeniran’s several exploits in the public service, Rt. Hon. Abel revealed that ASUP cherishes his achievements, which is a morale booster for younger ones.

In his remark, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Joseph Konan from Univerisite Felix Houpouet Boigny, Cote-d’ivoire praised the efforts of Dr. Adeniran in promoting the Basic education sector in the State.

He therefore urged him not to relent in his quest to create an enabling environment for the younger generation, where the less privileged can have access to basic education, as this will further etch his name in the sands of history.

He explained that the awardee was carefully selected by an international committee of students across Africa, due to his achievements in the basic education sub-sector he supervises.

In his response, Dr. Nureni Adeniran who expressed the Board’s readiness to work with the Union in tackling drug abuse, noted that the Board has put in some necessary measures to curb any form of vices including drug abuse, across the State.

Reacting to the award presentation, Dr. Adeniran thanked the Africa Student Union Parliament for the honour that has been bestowed on him, while he dedicated the award to his principal, Governor Seyi Makinde, whom he said gave him the enabling environment to operate.

He also expressed his profound gratitude to the Board, Management and staff members of Oyo SUBEB for their unrelenting support and sacrifices at ensuring that the vision of the Board is kept alive.

As an Icon of Nation Building, Dr. Adeniran was also given a ASUP Five-Star General Badge, as well as a matching certificate.

It would be recalled that the West African Students Union (WASU), now African Students Union Parliament (ASUP) was formed in London in 1925 by Sir Kwame Nkrumah and presently has an estimated 50 million African students under its umbrella.



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Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board.

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Oyo Govt. Identifies 477 Islamic Centres for BESDA Training

The Oyo State Government has identified four hundred and seventy-seven (477) Islamic centers across the State for the first phase of Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) programme.

In addition, the State Government has identified some nomadic centres, as well as centres for hawkers, saying these are part of the State Government’s preparedness for the BESDA programme which will kick start very soon in Oyo State.

The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran said this today while addressing Co-ordinators of the centres in Ibadan, the State capital.

He asserted that “since the inception of the Better Education Service Delivery for All Program, Oyo State Government has successfully enrolled over 100, 000 out of school children in Nigeria.

Adeniran stressed that the Governor Seyi Makinde led-Government is making concerted efforts to reduce the number of out of school children, noting that more children are joining the queue.

He further said that enrolment is increasing in schools across the State, because the Government has provided a conducive atmosphere of learning and teaching to encourage children to attend schools.

Dr. Adeniran therefore avowed that until the State Government’s efforts at enrolling all out of school children is totally achieved, the Board he supervises will not rest on its oars.

According to the Executive Chairman, only education offers children the opportunity to confront the illiteracy and bring about the desired institutional changes in the country.

He further said that for any country to develop, it must have a well-developed educational system that equips its people and prepares them with adequate knowledge.

Dr. Nureni Adeniran therefore appealed to the coordinators of the centres to co-operate with Governor Makinde’s administration to ensure a literate society.

Speaking on behalf of other Coordinators, an Islamic centre coordinator, Alh. Abdul-Wahab Oluwakemi from Akinyele Local Government thanked the Federal and Oyo State Government for the kind gesture, promising their unalloyed support to the development of education in the State.

The meeting was attended by coordinators from 21 identified Local Governments, out of the 33 LGAs in Oyo State.



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Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board.

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France, Oyo Govt. Meet to Develop Tourism Sites

French Embassy is working on a new way to develop tourism in Oyo State, especially as it looks to expand its bilateral relationship with the State.

A team from French Embassy said this over the weekend when they visited the State Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism and a tourist site, Ado-Awaye hill.

Speaking during the visit, the leader of the French delegation, Dr. Vincent Hiribarren said the country is determined to stay engaged with Oyo State and seek ways to explore its tourism potentials in different archaeological and historical sites.

His words, “Currently, France is seeking to help the Oyo State Government to document its tourism potentials. This is the first working visit to the State’s tourism sites”.

He said “the field visit to potential archaeological sites in Oyo State would afford us the opportunity to assess them, with the aim of developing an archaeological project”.

The team also toured studios and archives of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism with the aim of developing a project on digitalisation of archival materials and training of personnel.

Dr. Vincent Hiribarren also promised the French Government’s support to Oyo State, in ensuring the full digitisation of its archaeological documents, archival materials and cultural heritage.

The team thereafter met management of the Ministry to deliberate on possible projects to be developed based on the assessments made.

The French delegation added that the relics put up for consideration include Idere Relics, Kunrunmi Relics, Iyake Suspended Lake Ado Awaye & Aso Ofi centre, Iseyin (home of weavers).

“This official visit to the State is marked with a trip to the famous Ado-Awaye hill where we discovered big tourism potentials such as the Iya’ke suspended lake, the Iya’laro lake and an ancient cave”.

Dr. Hiribarren, who heads the French Institute for Research in Africa, promised the French Government’s support to ensure Ado-Awaye among other tourist sites in the State are enlisted on the UNESCO recommendation for tourism, which he noted will consummate the State’s economic diplomacy upgrade.

“We will ensure this is established as part of UNESCO tourism sites, such that it will influence tourists and improve the rating and cultural heritage of the community”, he said.

He added that the visit was an attempt to build on the priorities set by the French Government, saying it was also a sign of Paris’ “willingness to change the narrative of the relations between the State and France”.

“We are working for a new, more sustainable, fairer way to support the tourism potentials in Oyo State. We want to find ways to partner with Oyo State on tourism to create more jobs, and to create more economic growth”, he added.

Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. ‘Bunmi Babalola appreciated the French Government for the visit, which he noted will increase the volume of economic impact on the people of Ado-Awaye.

He also promised the State Government’s full support to prioritize the tourism sector, which will in turn expand the State’s economy.

The Alado of Ado-awaye, HRM, Oba Sunday Oladapo Oyediran said the community has waited long for the realisation of this age-long dream.

Noting that the community hosts the only natural suspended lake in the African continent, the Monarch added that the development will not only enhance tourism potentials in the State, but curb criminality and other vices.

The French Embassy Mission included, Professor Gerard Chouin (Williams & Mary USA), Dr. Vincent Hiribarren (Director IFRA Nigeria), Ms. Lea ROTH (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Prof. R. A. Alabi (Head of Department of Archaeology UI), Joseph Ayodokun (Department of Archaeology UI and Field officer of IFRA Nigeria’s Archaeological Projects) and Patrick Babalola (Archivist , IFRA Nigeria).



Dr. Bunmi Babalola,

Permanent Secretary,

Oyo State Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism

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OyoSUBEB Boss, Adeniran Bags National Productivity Award

National Productivity Centre has conferred National Productivity Merit Award on the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, in recognition of his hard work, excellent duties and productivity at the Board.

The Centre, under the auspices of Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity conferred the award on Dr. Nureni Adeniran, alongside some other individuals and organisations, in Abuja, during the National Productivity Day Celebration and Conferment of National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award held between July 2-4, 2021.

The Director-General, NPC, Dr Kashim Akor charged the awardees to redouble their efforts towards moving the country to the paths of growth and development.

He also said the award was in recognition of the awardees’ contributions to efficient public service delivery and selfless service to the nation.

Speaking after receiving the award, Dr. Adeniran dedicated the award to the Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde who provided his agency with an enabling environment to operate and perform optimally.

Adeniran also thanked the staff and management of SUBEB, without whose efforts he noted “the merited performance would not have been achieved”.
The OyoSUBEB boss therefore promised that the award will spur him and the board to do better for Oyo State and the Nation.

Dr. Nureni Adeniran also urged Civil/Public Servants not to relent in contributing their quota to the development of Nigeria, through effective service delivery.

He promised Oyo State Government’s commitment to drive critical Government policies and projects that will elevate the Basic education sub-sector in the State.

The National Productivity Award is one of the flagship points of the Federal Government to reward excellence in the service, with the aim of promoting healthy competition among workers.





Media Team, 

Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board.


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OyoSUBEB Seeks Stakeholders’ Collaboration On Improved Basic Education

The Chairman of Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, OyoSUBEB, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran has solicited partnership of National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) and other stakeholders in the education sector in the quest to improve teaching and learning at the basic education level in the State.

Dr. Nureni Adeniran made the appeal today while receiving in audience members of NAPTAN at the Board’s headquarters in Ibadan.

He described the Association as an integral part of the transformation process in the basic education sector of Oyo State, adding that their influence would amplify government’s policies and programmes in the basic education sector to its members.

The Chairman, further sought for collaborative ways of improving basic education in the State, noting that the government is set to work hand-in-hand with the Association to ensure an all-inclusive administration in public schools.

Revealing Oyo State Government’s plans to leave the basic education sector better than it met the system, he added that the State Government is committed to its zero tuition/fees policy.

While Dr. Adeniran posited that Parents and teachers under the aegis of NANTAP could emulate Alumni Associations by contributing to the development of schools in the State, he however reiterated that under no circumstance should a pupil or parent be mandated to contribute any amount.

“Oyo State Government has many plans for our primary schools. In this State, basic education has been declared free, compulsory and assessible for all pupils within primary school age by Governor Seyi Makinde”, Adeniran said.

“Yes, parents and teachers association in schools may decide to contribute to the development of education in our schools, Government does not frown at it. But Government severely frowns at anyone hindering our children from learning, because he or she cannot meet up with any fees”, Dr. Nureni Adeniran stressed.

“We also have plans to digitise teaching and learning in our schools and as the number of pupils’ population increases, we solicit supports of interest groups like NAPTAN”, Nureni Adeniran emphasised.

Dr. Nureni Adeniran also assured the delegation that the State Government through the Board, would follow due process in recruitment of teachers, adding that the process will commence after TESCOM’s recruitment ends.

Leader of the delegation, Mr. Oyawale Isaac Adebayo asserted that NAPTAN is ready to collaborate with Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, in ensuring maximum security is obtained in primary schools across the State.

He also sought permission of the Board to have a day seminar for Parents and teachers in Oyp State on their responsibilities towards children, stressing that the Association will ensure members do not compromise standards set by Oyo SUBEB under any circumstance.



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Fenwa Community School to Benefit from Government’s Intervention Project

St. John’s Primary school, situated in remote Fenwa Community, Ido Local Government, Ibadan will benefit from Oyo State Government’s 2020 UBEC/SUBEB Intervention projects. This, the State Government said will improve the school’s infrastructure, beauty and learning environment.

According to the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, who paid an on-the-spot visit to the school, in Ido Local Government, after a hint on the social media, this is one of the proactive steps of Oyo State Government in revamping the education sector.

He said Oyo State Government will not rest on its oars until it delivers all its promises to provide world-class education to all pupils in the State.

“Despite the unprecedented challenges we are facing in the Nation, Oyo State Government under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde will ensure it deliver its promises to provide world-class education, training and care for everyone, whatever their background”, he said.

While Dr. Adeniran promised renovation of the existing block of classrooms in the school, he also hinted that the School would receive a block of three classrooms, borehole, furniture and toilet facilities in the 2020 intervention project which will commence very soon.

Adeniran said projects schools like St. John’s Primary School with dilapidated structures are scattered across Local Governments, but they are priorities to the Government.

He added that Engr. Seyi Makinde led Government wishes to cater for all the 2,457 schools in Oyo State.

Adeniran therefore called on members of the public to formally nudge the State Government through the Board on structures that need urgent attention, rather than casting aspersions on the State Government or its MDAs.

“This is part of our urgent interventions in the Basic education sector. We did something like this at a public school in Oluyole Local Government, which has been abandoned for years”, he said.


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