Ogun to spend ?10b on education next academic session
The Ogun State ministry of Education, Science and Technology on Wednesday informed that it would spend a total sum of ₦10.2 billion for its services next year, out of this amount, recurrence expenditure would gulp ₦379 million while a total of ₦9.4 billion would be spent on capital projects.
This was disclosed by the commissioner of Education, Segun Odubela while defending the ministry’s budgets before Finance and Appropriation committee of the state house of assembly in Abeokuta.
He further explained that, the policy thrust of next year’s budget would be harnessing commitment which was germane to wealth creation, poverty reduction, industrialization and employment generation through unhindered access to qualitative, functional and affordable education.
The commissioner added that attention would also be given to the seven government science and technical colleges in the state, further explaining that a board would soon be constituted to oversee the running of the technical colleges.
Mr Odubela, in addition, said attention would be given to the construction of new secondary schools while ₦61 million would be spent on refurbishing existing facilities in schools.
In a related development, the commissioner called on members of old students associations to partner with government as it is poised to deliver qualitative education to the citizenry. He made the plea at the commissioning of a World Bank-assisted ICT block at Nawar Ud-deen Grammar School, Obantoko, Abeokuta.
He emphasized that the administration in the state is passionate about the development of the educational sector in all ramifications, pointing out that this is why government earmarked 20 percent of its budget for next year on education.
Reeling out interventions already undertaken by the administration to reposition the education sector, Odubela disclosed that government had renovated dilapidated blocks of class rooms in 100 secondary schools, provided free exercise books and other instructional materials to pupils in public primary schools and prompt release of monthly running cost to public secondary schools.
The commissioner stated that the giant strides being taken to reposition the educational sector for better service delivery notwithstanding, the state government would continue to give adequate attention to the delivery of dividends of democracy to the entire citizenry.
“The present administration of Ibikunle Amosun would continue to do all that is necessary towards ensuring that dividends of democracy touch every nook and cranny”, Odubela remarked.
In his address, a former minister of Mines and Steel Development, Sarafa Tunji Isola, commended the present administration for its efforts at revitalizing the educational sector, urging that the school should be considered in the next phase of school rehabilitation.