The Enugu State Government says it has constructed and renovated 890 classroom blocks, including toilets, and provided modern lockers and chairs for primary school children across the state.
The State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze, who stated this in Enugu, reiterated the government’s commitment to continuous upgrade of facilities in its schools to ensure a conducive learning environment.
He said the massive education projects of the administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, through the Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB), have also seen to the provision of tables, arm chairs and armless chairs for the teachers, as well as ceiling fans and marker boards for teaching in the 17 local government areas.
Speaking when he led the Chairman of ENSUBEB, Chief Ikeje Asogwa and his team, to inspect facilities at Practicing School I,2,3 and 4, Emene, Enugu, on Wednesday, Prof. Eze stated that Gov. Ugwuanyi has special interest in the wellbeing of school children in the state.
He noted that despite inheriting a lot of infrastructural decay in the education system, the state government has committed enormous energy and resources in addressing the challenges to ensure that the schools are transformed for conducive learning.
The commissioner maintained that Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration has spent more money in the education sector, after works and infrastructure, than other sectors, revealing that construction and renovation of more classroom blocks with toilets and other facilities in Practicing School, Emene, had earlier been captured in the next intervention, immediately the state government accesses the fourth quarter of 2016 – 1st quarter of 2018 of the Universal Basic Education (UBE) counterpart funds.
Prof. Eze, who pointed out that some buildings in the school had already been marked for renovation and demolition, revealed that the number of classroom blocks executed so far by the present administration, “out-numbered the renovations and constructions done from 1999 to 2014.”
Also speaking, the Chairman of ENSUBEB, Chief Asogwa, stated specifically that the present administration in Enugu State has constructed and renovated over 890 classroom blocks, among other interventions, worth over N9.8 billion.
He added that “the state government has also employed 3,530 primary school teachers and has distributed lots of school furniture totalling about 45,000 durable plastic desks and chairs, among others, aimed at improving the learning process”.