Thursday 23rd March, 2017
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Lagos needs N60bn to revamp public schools - Ambode

Lagos needs N60bn to revamp public schools - Ambode

Governor Akinwun­mi Ambode of Lagos State has said that his administration would require about N60 billion to give pub­lic schools in the State a befit­ting facelift as well as set up new ones.
Ambode, who said this dur­ing an interview with journal­ists, said though his administra­tion has spent about N10 billion in the last 22 months to boost the quality of education in the State, there was still a lot to be done in the sector.
He said the state had carried out a study last year on the in­terventions needed in public schools and the construction of new ones, assuring that the funds set aside in the 2017 bud­get for education would be judi­ciously put to good use.
“The result showed that we need about N60 billion to put our schools together. But we have started the massive reha­bilitation of our schools last year and you can go round to con­firm. We expended about N10 billion trying to put the worst set of schools back in place.
“This year, a major interven­tion is also going to take place from our budget to see that at least let the existing schools even compete favourably with the private sector schools. That is the whole idea. I went to a public school and I must give back. Then, some of our riverine areas don’t really have schools. If you go to Ilashe and other plac­es, there are no schools there and you see people taking ca­noes to go to school. So, that intervention is what we are also doing this year to see that there is continuous capital expendi­ture in public schools,” Am­bode said.
 
 
 

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