Council boss marks 300 days with rebranded public schools
As part of activities to mark his administration’s 300 days in office, Kosofe Local Government chairman, Afolabi Babatunde Sofola, has reiterated his resolve to make the council area the preferred investment destination in the country by bringing the dividend of democracy through infrastructural development to the people.
According to him, the focus of his administration is to bring government closer to the people, by giving priority to the pressing areas of concern such as education, road construction and rehabilitation, security and welfare of the residents, which are being given urgent attention.
In an interview with The Guardian, Sofola said the best legacy any government can bequeath to its citizens is a sound education, stressing that his administration believes education is very important, but basic education is very crucial.
“I have passion for education, especially having spent five years and two month at the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Lagos, where I was head of the investigative department, and had the entire primary and junior secondary schools were under my inspectorate. That gave me a great insight to the problem facing education in this country,” he said.
Speaking further, the LG boss explained that his administration as part showing concern for the educational sector in the LGA, recently donated sets of furniture to schools within the area, as most schools lack furniture.
“A lot of students sit on the floor, especially at the primary schools, and no serious government would sit down and look because something has to be done to correct the imbalance. Emphasis is not just about supplying furniture but quality ones that will not collapse after a month or two. We are not cutting corners with quality of production of the furniture.
“We have also begun to replace the magnetic boards that were supplied during my first term because a lot of them have been vandalised over the years. We are setting up well equipped libraries with good collection of books both in the schools and in the communities, so that people can return to the reading culture of the old days. Our school children must read and expand their minds. The idea is to reduce the rate out-of-school children in our communities,” he stated.
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