Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has called for more Public Private Partnership (PPP) to support the state government’s efforts at improving the state education sector.
Abiodun stated this at the commissioning of a block of four classrooms, Toilet facility and Borehole with overhead Tank at St. Peter African Church School 1, Iyesi Ota in Ado Odo Ota local government area of the state.
The governor, represented by his Deputy, Noimot Salako -Oyedele, said that for government to fulfil all its obligations to its citizens, more public partnership participation is required.
The governor, who said his government was all inclusive, appreciated Build a School Initiative in Africa (BASIA) for its continued support at providing conducive environment for learning to thrive in the state.
“Our administration is passionate about education, this informed the recent appreciation of outstanding teachers and learners in the state , who we believe have put Ogun on the global pedestal,” he said.
Abiodun noted that education remained one of the biggest industries in the state bequeathed by the founding fathers of the state, adding that his administration would not renege on its efforts in providing quality education at all time for the citizens of the state.
He enjoined the school management, students and community to put to good use ,the project, ensure proper management and maintenance of the facilities.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Abosede Ogunleye, lauded the donor for supporting government in its efforts at transforming the state education sector.
Arigbabu stated that no government could single handedly provide the wherewithal for it citizens.
The commissioner explained that the humanitarian project would help improve education standard in the school.
Femi Majekodunmi, the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Chairman, represented by Mrs Kemi Adeogun, appealed to well meaning individuals to support the building our future together agenda of the present administration by providing more educational facilities that would aid teaching and learning in the state.
The Donors, Dr. Victor and Kate Ukorebi commended the state governments giant strides in education sector.
They explained that statistics shows that Nigeria’s education system was over burdened and lack adequate infrastructures, which they said, propelled the organisation to support government by providing facilities to cater for improved teaching and learning in the state.
Olota of Ota, Oba Abdulkabir Obalanlege, opined that funding education could not be left to government alone, due to paucity of funds, saying that this issue was not limited to Nigeria or Ogun state alone, but a global challenge.
Head teacher, St. Peter African Church School 1, Iyesi Ota, Mrs Adetokunbo Oresanwo, appreciated the foundation for the gesture.
She said that for years the school had suffered continuous dilapitation, which had frustrated teachers morale hitherto also affecting its learners.