6th July, 2011
The Chairman, Governing Council of Topmost College of Education, Henry Adewale Odunayo, has lamented the tax imposed by the government on private institutions in Lagos State, saying it was the reason for the unfavourable health status of some owners of schools in the state.
Odunayo stated this during the matriculation of 42 students of the private institution located in Ipaja area of Lagos.
The proprietor said that due to the heavy burden of tax by government on private schools and institutions, many of them are incurring debts and suffering from heart-related ailments.
While urging government to have a rethink and come up with ways to encourage private school owners in the state, he also stressed that the constitution actually accorded education a prominent place by referring to it as a social service.
â€œGovernment should therefore see us as trying to render social services and complimenting its effort,â€ he said.
In her address,e Provost of the institution, Mrs. Mabel Odunayo, tasked the students to be focused, adding that the school would ensure that they compete favourably with their counterparts in other institutions of higher learning.
She further warned them to abstain from social vices like cultism, absenteeism and examination malpractices as the institution would not handle cases related to it with levity.
â€œWe are determined to work assiduously to equip teachers who are moulders of the future leaders with all the technical know-how to do their job effectively.
â€œIn fact, at the end of the three-year programme, our students must have undergone enough training to acquire a NCE and Computer Appreciation and Entrepreneurship Skill certificates as directed by the federal and state policies to enhance self independence in the face of this rising unemployment,â€ she said.
According to Mrs. Odunayo, the institution is broken into the School of Education, School of Vocational and Technical Education, School of Sciences, School of Languages and School of Arts and Social Sciences.
She added that the school was approved by the Federal Government on 22 July, 2010, with a license to run 14 programmes after a visit by its officials.