Ogun Commits N1.4bn to School rehabilitation0
Determined to improve the state of infrastructure in public schools in Ogun State, the state executive council has approved N1.4bn for the renovation of dilapidated buildings in its schools.
Also, the state government has approved the establishment of the Gateway Industrial Petrol Gas Training Institute with a mandate to produce middle level manpower for the petroleum energy sector.
The state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Segun Awonusi, was quoted in a statement signed by the Information Officer to the state Governor, Mr. Kunle Ewuoso, after the last state executive council meeting to have said that GITI would perform functions similar to that of the Petroleum Training Institute, Warri, Delta State.
According to Ewuoso, the government took the decision to spend that much on the renovation of 271 secondary and primary school spread across the state in order to raise the standard of education.
Ewuoso quoted the commissioner as saying that, “the present administration at inception set up a Task Force, which visited 271 schools, and they were able to inspect 744 blocks. “As a result government was able too generate a data base on the number of schools to be rehabilitated, which is costing N1.4b.”
He added that since it was impossible for government to spend N1.4b on the rehabilitation of schools at once because of its limited resources, its had concluded arrangements that between 10 and 15 schools would be renovated on a monthly basis until all the 744 blocks were renovated.
Awonusi, while justifying the establishment of the GITI, said that the challenges of technical manpower the state would face when it started the exploration of oil and gas found in commercial quantity in the state, informed the establishment of the institute.
He explained that the establishment of the institute was an additional opportunity for youths in the state to acquire technical skills that would make them marketable in the nations oil industry.
According to Ewuoso the institute will be located in Oni, Ogun Waterside Local Governemt Area of the state, adding that government has approved the immediate construction of workshops and the renovation of the existing structure at the site.
The state government, Ewuoso said, had also approved the immediate employment of 20 teachers adding that the teachers would be posted to the Ogun Waterside LGA of the state, where it has been discovered that there was shortage of teachers.
Source: Sunday Punch (November 4, 2007 – page 54)