Ambode pledges continuous investment in education
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has assured that his administration will continue to invest heavily in the education sector, owing to its capacity to improve people’s lives and the society at large.
He made this known during the inauguration of 20 blocks of classrooms at the Anglican Primary School, Isawo, Ikorodu-West Local Council Development Area and at the Girls Junior Model College, Agunfoye, Igbogbo LCDA, Ikorodu.
Ambode, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Idiat Adebule, expressed optimism that with the investment and planned strategic reforms in the sector, pupils in the state schools would compare favourably with their peer globally.
He stated that investing on education would help to significantly improve people’s lives as well as engender socioeconomic development.
According to him, upon the takeover of the school from Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), the state government invested substantially in the provision of infrastructure and facilities towards meeting the standard set by the Lagos State Government.
He expressed satisfaction that the intervention of government in the education sector has been yielding positive results as evidenced in improved students’ performance in examinations, national/international competitions, as well as improved morals, etiquette, and confidence in public speaking.
He said: “Education enables people to read, learn, reason, communicate and make informed choices about their lives. Once educated, children can seek better jobs and strive for a brighter future. This is why this administration has continued to give top priority to education and investment in the future of the children through strategic reforms and planning in the education sector.
“The aim is to ensure that the potentials of our children are properly harnessed to help them compete favourably with their peers from other parts of the world. This commitment was aptly demonstrated in our 2018 Appropriation Bill which has been christened ‘Budget of Progress and Development,” Ambode said.
The governor however stated that the duty of ensuring the protection and maintenance of public infrastructure in the state is a shared responsibility between the government and all stakeholders, adding that teachers, community leaders, traditional rulers and members of Community Development Associations (CDAs) should help government to protect and ensure that the new schools are put to optimal use.
In her remarks, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Adebunmi Adekanye, said the environment where the schools were located are conducive for teaching and learning.
The inauguration of the college brings the number of existing model colleges in the state to 16 and the second model college for girls.