From Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
The Governor Abiola Ajimobi led administration in Oyo State has secured N21.6 billion for both ongoing and newly approved projects in the education sector.
The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela stated this at the 59th edition of Science Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (STAN) conference held at The Polytechnic, Ibadan.
According to the commissioner, the School Governing Board (SGB) has input N2.5 billion, with construction of three model schools to the tune of N1.8 billion and renovation of 100 secondary schools to the tune of N2 billion by the state government.
He said, “the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB’s) infrastructural development consisting of new construction of schools, model schools, toilet facilities, furniture has gulped N3.7 billion all to the total of N10 Billion.
“A counterpart fund of N4.6 billion each from the state and Federal Government has been approved to the tune of N9.2 Billion to cater for schools’ infrastructure. Also, the State Education Trust Fund has released a sum of N200 million for technical education in the state coupled with a release of N2.2 billion for procurement of textbooks for secondary school students and all to the tune of N21.6 billion.”
The commissioner also disclosed that the state government is a beneficiary of 500 million dollars World Bank grant to tackle the issue of out-of-school children for the next five years coupled with a last year’s release of N94 million bursary award by the state government to indigenous students.
Speaking on the topic of the conference, “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Economic Growth”, the commissioner said Science is emanated from Latin word, Scientos and it means wisdom saying it is pertinent to apply wisdom in every human enterprise to ensure industrial revolution.