Ogun Govt.Votes N2.94Bn To Construct 260 Classrooms, Laboratories In 2021 - EDU-BIZNEWS


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Ogun Govt.Votes N2.94Bn To Construct 260 Classrooms, Laboratories In 2021

 Ogun State Government has voted N2.94billion for the construction of additional 260 Classrooms, to create conducive learning environment for pupils in public schools in the state in 2021 fiscal year.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu disclosed this on Tuesday in Abeokuta  while defending his ministry budgetary estimate in the State's Appropriation Bill being considered by the State House of Assembly.

He explained that 140 units of three blocks of classrooms, 120 units of two blocks of classrooms and eight workshops/science laboratories across the State would be constructed in the coming year.

Arigbabu added that N1bn had been set aside for the rehabilitation of existing structures in public schools across the State.

The Commissioner while presenting the total budget size of N7.81billion for the Ministry, noted that the estimate contained the capital expenditure of N5.4billion and the remaining N2.4billion to cater for recurrent expenditure, while revenue target was put at N1.14billion, explaining that a sum of N930million was proposed for educational programmes for the same period.

He listed 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.

The Commissioner expressed optimism that the Educational Management Information System (EMIS) was capable of giving up-to-date and accurate information about all schools across the State. 

He told 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. 

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

Oladunjoye gave the breakdown to include N510.7million for recurrent expenditure and the remaining N646.9million for various capital projects, with the institution's revenue projection and subvention put at N241million 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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