In spite of being at a great advantage in educational attainment, the Ogun State government yesterday said it has put machineries in motion to register its first set of Almajirai schools.
The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Segun Odubela disclosed in Abeokuta yesterday at a media parley on the activities marking the first year anniversary of Senator Ibikunle Amosun’s administration in Ogun State.
Odubela said it was one of the ways the government thought was a good solution to checking idle hands from engaging in unwholesome practices.
He stated that five of the schools were to be sited in five council areas of the state. They are to be sited in: Sagamu, Ijebu-Ode, Agbado, Owode Yewa and Oke-Efon.
According to him, the sum of N10 million each had been voted for the schools.
Highlighting some of his ministry’s achievements, the commissioner disclosed that over N278. 8 million had been spent within the last one year to rehabilitate 100 schools across the state to ensure a conducive learning environment was achieved.
Speaking on the government’s free education policy, Odubela noted that about N1.8 billion had been expended for the provision of free text books to pupils and students in primary and secondary schools in the state.
Estimating the total amount the government had expended on schools instructional materials at N365, 825,000, Odubela stressed: “While the government awarded contract for the construction of 26 ultra modern schools with hostel facilities in all the 20 council areas with some councils having two of such schools, the stae government apart from under writing a sum of N262.6 million as West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) fees that the immediate past administration left behind, the government also paid a sum of N262,461.499 for this year’s WASSCE for the affected students.”