ByÂ Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowopejo
GOVERNOR Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State Tuesday disclosed that World Bank had provided $90 million (equivalent of N13.5 billion) intervention funds to address various malaise confronting public secondary schools as well as technical colleges in Lagos State.
This came just as Minister of Education, Dr. Sam Egwu, commended the administration of Fashola in the last 1,000 days for all the positive transformations going on in the state.
Fashola made the disclosure at the official lunch of Lagos-EkÃ³ Secondary Education Project in Lagos.
According to him, the project â€œis a four-year programme to transform the public schools in Lagos,â€ adding that the state government had set aside extra funding, ranging between N2 million and N3 million to support each of the 615 public schools and five technical colleges across the state.
His words: â€œThe fund is to augment what schools currently receive in the state. Principals and teachers have for too long cried out for extra funds to facilitate effective teaching. This administration has listened and equally taken action.
â€œThrough this extra resource to schools, the state expects all schools to progress and that all pupils can succeed irrespective of the background. We expect principals and education districts to take active participation in the management of their schools and to creatively use the funds to meet the academic needs of students.â€
The governor, however, issued a stern warning that his administration would not hesitate to sanction non-performing principals and education district administrators while optimal performance would be rewarded.
He added that teachers would attend various professional development programmes to enhance performance and teaching.
Egwu commends Lagos
Egwu in his addressed praised Gov. Fasholaâ€™s administration and urged other state governments to emulate Lagos State.
He explained that the World Bank-Assisted Lagos-Eko Secondary Education project had, among other objectives, improved the quality of junior and secondary education in Lagos State, to brace and sustain institutional reforms.
Egwu described the Eko Project as timely, saying: â€œIt is a demonstration of the high premium Lagos State government places on education. The determination of Lagos State government to adequately promote and enhance the quality of education is, to say the least, praise worthy and commendable.â€