Ogun state governor Dapo Abiodun says his government will soon establish a special commission to restore public schools in the state.
According to a statement issued in Abeokuta by Kunle Somorin, the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Abiodun made this known when he received the Ogun State Branch of the Association of Primary School Head Teachers of Nigeria in the Exco Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.
He explained that the special commission would investigate the public schools that are not included in the State University’s primary education program.
The governor informed his visitors that his government has paid the SUBEB state counterpart fund to further intervene in the development of primary education in the state.
He further announced that the state government would launch its Education Trust Fund on behalf of the special commission, adding that funds from the trust fund would assist the special commission in restoring public schools.
“We have paid another counterpart fund to SUBEB so they can intervene further, but outside of SUBEB we realize they can’t do it alone. I’ve decided that I’m going to set up a special committee on public school rehabilitation.
“The responsibility of that special committee is the infrastructure of primary education. She will be looking at schools that SUBEB will not cover and we have decided to launch our Education Trust Fund specifically for this purpose.
“The fund will be a sinking fund where we will creatively seek money to put into the fund and it is that fund that will help the Special Commission on Public School Rehabilitation to ensure that all those not under SUBEB traps will not be left behind for another SUBEB year,” he said.
Abiodun, who also noted that his government has decided to localize the production of school furniture in the state, added that the decision would not only empower more artisans but also ensure that they can be held accountable for any shoddy work.
“I’ve requested more furniture for our schools across the board, but this time I’ve decided to localize production to avoid what happened in the past where we awarded a contract somewhere to someone who then to a central position, from which the furniture would then be distributed to other parts of the state.
“We have now decided to change the model where our furniture is made from a central position, let’s even use this to empower craftsmen in the immediate area where we have this furniture shortage.
“So let the craftsmen in Ogun Waterside be the ones who get the contract to supply the furniture for Ogun Waterside, craftsmen in Ijebu-Ode take care of Ijebu-Ode so we can even make them responsible. If the items are substandard, we know who to hold on to. And now we don’t have to pay for the transportation costs either,” he said.
He noted that primary school teachers are important to the education value chain and said his government would continue to do all it can to further develop the education sector in the state.
Governor Abiodun also noted that his government would make affordable housing in the state available to primary school principals.
The governor who reiterated his administration’s decision to ensure that the appointment of head teacher general is made permanent has announced that a bill is in progress that would institutionalize the title of head teacher general in the state
“You mentioned the gazette with the title of Headteacher General, what has slowed that down is because we are trying to make sure it gets the required legal backing. So we’re working to make sure we have a law, a bill being drafted that turns into law so it’s properly institutionalized so that nobody comes after my tenure to roll it back,” he said.
Earlier in his comment, the association’s president, Balogun Olatunji, while praising the governor for the prompt payment of salaries and the rehabilitation of school buildings across the state, stated that the association is firmly behind the governor’s aspiration for a second term. is in the office.