Following the constant and incessant cases of kidnapping of students in some parts of the country, the Ogun State government has revealed that it has employed the services of security men in its public schools to prevent any attempt of kidnap of students.
This disclosure was made by Prince Dapo Abiodun, the governor of Ogun State on Tuesday as members of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Basic Education, led by its Chairman, Prof Julius Ihonvbere, paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
The governor bemoaned the condition in which children learn, referring to it as ‘deplorable’, and assured that about 600 schools would be rehabilitated across the state as part of efforts to provide conducive environment for teaching and learning before the end of his first term in office.
“In spite of the much we have done, each time I see some news items on the television or newspaper about one school whose roof is about to fall, I say to myself ‘when will we cover all these schools?’ And we have rehabilitated so many schools. Having a conducive environment for our children to learn remains our priority. Our target is that by the end of our first four years in office, we would have done about 600 schools by giving them a facelift.
“We are also in the process of awarding contract for the construction of 60,000 furniture so that our children can sit comfortably while learning”, the governor explained.
He also promised that basic education would continue to receive priority, as it was the foundation where other levels of education is building upon, and also revealed that an Education Trust Fund, where certain percentage of fund would be dedicated to, have been created, to have a pool of fund to deploy to the sector.
On the employment of security men for the schools, the governor said; “as a responsible administration, I have approved employment of security men in all our schools. We do not want to be reactive on the issue of security in our schools. We want to ensure that not only our children are safe, but their teachers also.”
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