Lagos Budgets N4 Billion for Facelift of Public Schools

Lagos Budgets N4 Billion for Facelift of Public Schools

Postby Richard Akindele » Wed Jul 12, 2006 5:43 pm

THE Lagos State Government has set aside N4 billion for the rehabilitation of dilapidated public schools in state just as it said it has so far spent N2.2 billion on the rehabilitation of schools in the last two years.

The state government through the chairman of the Special Committee for Rehabilitation of Public Schools in the state, Mr. Dele Onabokun, disclosed this to newsmen in his office, during a media briefing on achievements and highlights on planned tour of the on-going projects in Phase III

The N4 billion was said to have been included in the year 2006 budget for the rehabilitation project in the fourth phase of the project which is expected to be completed before the expiration of the current financial year.

The Special Committee was inaugurated in August 2004 to address decay in infrastructure in public schools in the state.

According to him, Governor Bola Tinubu holds education in high esteem and sees it as the bedrock of any nation to develop her human, economic and social potentials.

Onabokun explained that the initial compilation of bad schools were obtained from the state Ministry of Education and State Primary Education Board (SPEB) now SUBEB. He added that the committee later embarked on a tour of those schools to establish their status. The needs of these Schools were then identified, evaluated and compiled for implementation.

His words: "at the inception of this committee, respective stakeholders were identified and the committee established relationship with them. Already, the committee has completed Phases I and II of the rehabilitation projects and the third phase is about 90 percent completed. The Fourth phase will commence very soon.

"So far, about N2.2 billion has been expended on these projects. By virtue of the importance Lagos State Government attaches to the projects, a sum of N4 billion was provided in the year 2006 budget to tackle these problems and we are optimistic that the committee will complete all the projects earmarked for execution before the expiration of this financial year.

"The Lagos State government has recorded tremendous success in the development of schools infrastructural facilities. The committee has accomplished among others, the erection of 60 new structures for both Primary and Secondary Schools. Completion of 11 No abandoned three storey 17 blocks, rehabilitation of 55 buildings, provision of 11 laboratory furniture and fittings, perimeter fencing; dinning halls; 3076 dual desks and table and toilet buildings."

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