By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The renovation of 20 public secondary schools in Lagos State has commenced. The project is being supervised by the Lagos State Infrastructure Asset Maintenance Agency (LASIAMA).
Recall that one of the first actions of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu upon his assumption of office on May 29, 2019, was to call for assessment of LASIAMA with a view to making the agency more vibrant and alive to its establishing mandates.
After a comprehensive assessment of the state of schools in Lagos State by LASIAMA and the Ministry of Education, General Manager of the agency, Ms Nike Adekanbi, has announced the commencement of work at the affected schools.
On Thursday, she held a project meeting with Principals of the schools, noting that there would be a routine maintenance of the facilities. According to her, the scope of work involves repairs of plumbing, electrical, windows and doors, damaged roof and walls, toilet and other essential features of the building to make them conducive and functional.
On the anticipated quality of work, the General Manager noted that the agency, contractors and end users are all on the same page on LASIAMA’s zero tolerance for substandard work as the objective is to make the schools infrastructure better than they were.
“We have told our contractors of our zero tolerance for poor quality and the need to achieve best value for money,” she said, adding that every step is being taken to ensure effective monitoring of projects in order to forestall compromise on quality.
She also stated that the Agency is operating in the full spirit of rapid delivery of services to the good people of Lagos, in the bid to fulfil its own share of efforts to make Lagos a twenty-first century state.
On their part, the school principals commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for giving necessary attention to the state of school infrastructure, while some noted that such efforts have not been witnessed in recent years.
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