Lagos commissions new 126 classrooms
It was a moment of joy for Lagos residents as the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, embarked on simultaneous commissioning of new 126 blocks of classrooms across the six educational districts in the state.
The two-day exercise took the governor and his representatives across seven schools in Agege, Ijaiye, Alimosho, Kosofe and Ikorodu Local Councils.
In each of the seven schools, 18 new classroom blocks, built by the state’s Special Committee on Rehabilitation of Public Schools (SCRPS) were commissioned to boost learning activities.
Speaking at Elepe Community Junior High School, Ikorodu, yesterday, the governor said the exercise was part of the state’s commitment to the provision of a conducive environment for learning and improving teaching in public schools.
The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Samuel Egube, noted that education and technology were major pillars of his THEME’s agenda.
The classrooms, he said, contained laboratories, principal and vice principal en-suite officers, staff rooms, sickbay, a store and 36 cubicle toilets for male and female students.
Egube noted that the Lagos State government’s investment in the education sector and the future of our children has continued to yield desired outcomes through the huge performances of Lagos state public school students and pupils in national examinations and competitions.
According to him, the facilities will address the challenges and inadequacy of existing infrastructure and put the education sector to global standard for effective learning and teaching, assuring students and teachers of doing more projects in the second tenure.
Also, at Kosofe Senior College, Kosofe, the governor, through the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olalere Odusote, tasked the students and teachers to take ownership of the projects.
At Alimosho Junior Grammar School, Alimosho, where the students were filled with excitement, Sanwo-Olu, represented by the Commissioner for Youths and Sport, Segun Dawodu, said the commissioning is part of the activities to celebrate the inauguration of the new administration, which comes up on May 29, 2023.
He said it was an affirmation of his administration’s commitment to the provision of a conducive environment to learning and teaching in the public schools, noting that its a major delivery under the education and technology pillar of the THEME’s agenda, which the administration has shown commitment and dedication to its implementation of the four years.
Dawodu noted that Lagos State government investment in the education sector and the future of our children has continued to yield the desired outcome through the huge performances of Lagos State public school students and pupils in national examinations and competition.
According to him, the facilities will address the challenges and inadequacy of existing infrastructure and put the education sector to global standard for effective learning and teaching assuring students and teachers of doing more projects in the second tenure.
Dawodu enjoined students, management and teachers of the school to take adequate care of the facilities, which has been provided with taxpayer money.
Principal of the School, Mrs. Charity Adewale, thanked the governor for the construction of 18 classroom blocks and pledged to maintain the building.
At Government Girls Senior College, Agege, the governor, represented by Commissioner of Agriculture,
Olusanya Abisola said the commissioning was to address inadequate existing infrastructure in Lagos schools.
He stressed that his administration will patronise the welfare and capacity of the schools to improve the students.
The governor urged the students and teachers to take ownership of the project.
In her remarks, the school principal, Mrs. Olusola Alamu, extolled the governor for increased budgetary allocation to education in the state .
Earlier, Chairman of SCRPS, Hakeem Smith, emphasised the commitment of the Lagos State government to invest hugely in the education sector, thereby ensuring that public schools wear new look to enhance teaching and learning.
Smith noted that a testimony of Mr. Governors’ commitment to quality education is the marathon commissioning of new blocks of classrooms in about eight public schools this week.
He stated that the government is embarking on the commissioning of schools\projects, new roads, and jetties are being inaugurated simultaneously to boost the transportation system in the state.
He hinted that SCRPS intervention is spread across the six education districts of the state, stressing that the Sanwo-Olu administration’s commitment to revamp the infrastructure in Lagos public schools is total, as no child will be left behind.
He said: “Those school buildings being commissioned were constructed in different designs such as I-shape and a L-shape depending on the availability of space in the schools.
“We have 18 classrooms prototype blocks in six schools and a 12-classroom block.
“The newly commissioned blocks of classrooms are situated in Government Senior College, Agege, Alimosho Junior Grammar School, Alimosho, Ijaiye Ojokoro Senior High School, Ifako-ijaiye, Ijaiye Housing Estate Senior Secondary School, ifako- ijaiye, Kosofe Senior College, Kosofe, Elepe Community Junior High School and Shamsel-deen Junior Grammar School in Ikorodu.”
Meanwhile, residents and commuters have heaved a sigh of relief as Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo Olu, formally commissioned the constructed Akesan-Obadore road in Alimosho Local Council of the state.
Sanwo Olu, who was represented at the event by the Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Aramide Adeyoye, said the rehabilitated road would improve connectivity, living conditions of the people across the state, boost trade and commerce, as well as ensure the safety of the commuters and road users.
The governor said over 19 projects had been completed in the last four years in Alimosho, because of what the council represents in Lagos State.
He said: “We still have 11 other road projects that is ongoing and we promise to do more and fulfill it all.”
Also, Permanent Secretary, Office of infrastructure, Daramola Olufemi Olubunmi, said the occasion represented another testament to the state’s unwavering commitment to transforming communities through the provision of quality infrastructure that enhance the well being of the citizens and fuel economic growth.
“The project is another attestation of great achievements of the governor under the traffic management and transportation pillar.
“We have consistently made significant strides in rehabilitating existing roads, expanding vital highways and constructing pivotal arterial roads and bridges”
“Akesan-Obadore road is very strategic as it serves as a major thoroughfare connecting the densely populated Akesan/Obadore community to the LASU-Iba road.
The state G has strategically provided an alternate route for commuters in Ijegun, Ijagemo, Abaranje and other areas to connect to LASU road,” she added.
On his part, the Oba of Akesan, His Royal Majesty (HRM), Oba Nojeemdeen Abidemi Ogunjobi, thanked the governor for the completion of the project.
He said the road has remained a colonial relic, until the governor came to their rescue his tenure to rehabilitate the road.
He urged the governor to do more for the community by building modern schools, health centres, markets and police station for the Akesan/Obadore community.