Rehabilitate dilapidated school structures – Prof. Ihonvbere

The House of Representatives has called on the state governments to construct perimeter fences in all schools as part of measures to curb incessant kidnapping of pupils by bandits.

Chairman House Committee on Basic Education, Professor Julius Ihonvbere made the call in Abeokuta when he led the members of the committee on a courtesy visit to the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun.

Professor Ihonvbere who pointed out that basic education was facing challenges in some parts of the country as a result of activities of bandits and kidnappers, called for the rehabilitation of dilapidated schools across the country.

Professor Ihonvbere explained that the Federal government had spent about 375 billion naira on basic education in the last 10 years, noting that Ogun State had access to a 2.7billion naira Universal Basic Education, UBE grant.

Responding, Governor Dapo Abiodun said his administration had taken necessary steps to provide adequate security in schools across the state, adding that about 600 schools would be rehabilitated as part of efforts to provide a conducive teaching and learning environment for pupils.

Governor Abiodun also said a committee had been put in place to monitor and evaluate projects been executed with UBE grants.

Bolanle Adesida

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