Education: Ogun to spend N2.9Bn on construction of 260 additional classrooms, laboratories next year - THE NEW DAWN ONLINE


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Education: Ogun to spend N2.9Bn on construction of 260 additional classrooms, laboratories next year

The Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu says the State Government is to build a total of 260 classrooms comprising of 140 units of three blocks classrooms, 120 units of two blocks of classrooms and eight workshops/science laboratories across the State amounting to N2.94bn in the next fiscal year.

Arigbabu, who disclosed this while taking his turn to defend the Ministry's 2021 budget proposal before the State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation led by Hon. Olakunle Sobunkanla at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, added that N1bn was being set aside for the rehabilitation of existing structures in public schools across the State.

The Commissioner while presenting the total budget size of N7.81bn for the Ministry, noted that the estimate contained the capital expenditure of N5.4bn and the remaining N2.4bn to cater for recurrent expenditure, while revenue target was put at N1.14bn, explaining that a sum of N930m was proposed for educational programmes for the same period.

He outlined the educational programmes to include payment of bursary/scholarship, WAEC, National Business and Technical Examination, Basic Education Certificate Examination, Unified Examination, establishment of multilingual resource centre and provision of modern equipment amongst others. 

Arigbabu said their was existing directive to all Zonal Educational Officers (ZDOs) across the State to improve on their database through regular on-the-spot assessment of all schools under their respective domains, expressing optimism that the Educational Management Information System (EMIS) was capable of giving up-to-date and accurate information about all schools across the State. 

Intimating the lawmakers that the Ministry had slashed the levies payable by private schools by 50% to cushion the effect of the pandemic on their operations, the Commissioner added that more measures would be formulated by the Ministry to improve on quality assurance for public and private schools with more improvement on infrastructural facilities for all categories of schools irrespective of their locations in the State. 

On his part, the Provost of the State College of Health Technology, Ilese, Dr. Abiodun Oladunjoye, equally presented a total budget size of N1.15bn for the next fiscal year, with a renewed assurance of evolving more measures towards achieving excellence in health manpower training, thereby reducing infant and maternal morality as well as incidence of communicable diseases.

Oladunjoye gave the breakdown to include N510.7m for recurrent expenditure and the remaining N646.9m for various capital projects, with the institution's revenue projection and subvention put at N241m next year.

The Lawmakers also considered the 2021 budget proposals of the Tai Solarin University of Education, Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic, Ijebu-Igbo and Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu amongst others.

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