Ogun Govt Partners NGO For Construction Of More Classrooms To Reduce 700,000 Out Of School Children - EDU-BIZNEWS


Monday, April 17, 2023

Ogun Govt Partners NGO For Construction Of More Classrooms To Reduce 700,000 Out Of School Children

Ogun State Government in collaboration with a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), the Build A School Initiative in Africa (BASIA), has built a block of four classrooms for the people of Igboedu community in Ogun Waterside Local government area of the state

The move is part of strategic moves by the Prince Dapo Abiodun's administration to provide qualitative education for the people in border communities and reduce the number of out of school children put at over 700,000 in the State according to statistics

The Deputy Governor, Engr.Noimot Salako-Oyedele during the official handing over of the classrooms to the people of Igboedu community, said the project was borne out of the desire to meet the needs of the people in the border communities, especially in terms of infrastructure.

According to her, " the Ogun State government is still willing to partner with NGOs who are desirous of boosting our huge investment in the education sector".

She noted that Prince Dapo Abiodun has done a lot in terms of teachers’ welfare, provision of infrastructural and capacity development.

 While urging the community to put into good use the facility, she assured them of more government interventions to improve the community.   

Also Speaking the Chairman Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Dr. Femi Majekodunmi, said the handover of the block of classrooms would boost the huge resources the present administration had invested in the education sector, stressing that government alone cannot provide the wherewithal in providing a more conducive learning environment for students.

 The President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BASIA, Dr Victor Ukorebi, said the completion of the block of classrooms brings it to a total of 8 blocks of classrooms built in the state, affirming that Ogun remains a very good partner of the organisation.

He explained that the initiative was to confront the problems facing the children to have access to education reduce the  over 700, 000 out of school children in the State 

Ukorebi promised that his NGO would be constructing additional 3 blocks of classrooms before the end of 2024. 

In his remark, Igboedu community leader, Mr Godwin Akintubuwa, appreciated the gesture, saying building a school in the community will bring great development to Igboedu which is the biggest community amongst the three communities in Ogun Waterside, as well as allow children in the community have access to education

 Earlier in his opening address, the Chairman, Ogun Waterside Local government, Hon. Mudasiru Adekunle, commended the state government and BASIA team, for their unflinching support, saying the project will bring relief to the people in Igboedu village who travel as far as 7km before getting to school, calling on other philanthropists and well-meaning people to emulate the gesture.

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