By DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA – Ogun State Government, yesterday, denied taking loan through ‘contract financing’ to fund construction of 26 model schools in the state, saying, they were being funded by the government.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Dr. Tunji Abimbola, said this while responding to questions during an on-the-spot-visit to Kobape and Onijanganjangan sites of the model schools in Abeokuta North and South local government areas.
He said: “I wish to clarify that the schools are being fully financed from the purse of the government and not be any contractor. We won’t owe any company or individual on these schools.
Apparently reacting to the allegation in some quarters that the model schools were being financed through the ‘contractor-financing’ initiative of the government, Abimbola said it was not true.
He said: “The schools would be free in line with the free education policy of the government; all students can attend it, whether they are children of the rich or the poor.”
Expressing his delight with the extent of work done at the Onijanganjangan site, he explained that 15 of the model schools are being constructed in the first phase while the remaining 11 would be accommodated in the second phase.
Dr. Abimbola,who was accompanied on the visit by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Print Media, Mr. Olusola Balogun, assured that the 15 model schools under the first phase would be ready for commissioning by January 2013.