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Ogun govt. to inaugurate model schools in February


Ibikunle Amosun

Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun

The Ogun Government said on Tuesday that it would inaugurate some of the model schools being constructed across the three senatorial districts of the state in February, 2016.

The state’s Commissioner for Education, Mrs Modupe Mujota, said this in Abeokuta while defending the 2016 budget proposal of the ministry before the State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation.

The commissioner, who gave an assurance that at least seven of the schools would be inaugurated by February, said: “It will be counterproductive for us to try and open before September.

“We are experimenting with one or two options that we are going to introduce that may include public private partnership to run the pilot programmes.

“It must be vibrant and allow for cross fertilisation of teaching methodology from the private to the public school sector.’’

She said that the government embarked on the construction of the model schools so that the infrastructure would still be relevant in the next 70 years.

The commissioner also said that the ministry had proposed N2.5 billion as its total expenditure for 2016, saying N1.5billion was earmarked for capital projects while N1.03 billion would be for recurrent expenditure.

She said that the ministry had targeted N1 billion as its internally generated revenue for the 2016 fiscal year, adding that N454 million was generated between January and October, 2015.

Mujota also said that the state government had earmarked N44 million for the rehabilitation of schools across the three senatorial districts of the state in 2016.

She further said that 22 blocks of classrooms had been proposed for rehabilitation in the 2016 budget at an average rate of N2 million per block.

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