Southwest governors are poised to understudy the education reforms of Oyo State government.

The decision followed success of the reforms, particularly the School Governing Boards (SGBs) and Oyo State Education Trust Fund (ETF).

The governors took the decision at their quarterly meeting in Lagos.

The SGBs of public secondary schools in Oyo State have spent over N2 billion renovating facilities since their establishment.

Each secondary school has an SGB comprising representatives of old students, the host community, Parent-Teacher Association, pupils, teachers and the headteacher.

The board administers the N3,000 fees paid by each pupil in a session, liaises with old students and stakeholders to facilitate assistance for the school.

With the transparency of the boards, schools have witnessed transformation, as old students have been responding.

The Oyo ETF was established to cater for facilities, instructional materials and training of teachers and non-teaching workers.

It draws revenue from statutory taxes and donations from philanthropic organisations and individuals. The fund has begun renovation of technical schools.

The SGB and ETF are to be adopted by other Western states after a study, which will be undertaken by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission.

DAWN is the regional integration organisation.

The governors agreed to examine that of Ekiti State to see if there is anything to learn from it.

Meeting under the theme: “Consolidating the Legacy of Regional Integration,” the governors agreed that Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti states should bid for the concessioning of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, as a regional bloc.

They planned to transform the airport to a world-class infrastructure.

Also on the list of decisions of the Western Governors Forum is the structuring of a programme on the Omoluabi ethos of the Yoruba. This, they believe, will preserve the identity and values of the Yoruba.

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