By Dipo Olowookere
The adopt-a-school project of the Oyo State government is already yielding good results as a non-profit organisation known as Junior Chambers International has renovated two blocks of classrooms in the Seventh Day Adventist Primary School, Ibadan.
The organisation also renovated the school’s dilapidated walls to enhance security, according to the President of JCI Ibadan Elite, Mr Sanmi Abiodun.
At the commissioning of the project, Mr Abiodun further disclosed that plans were underway to build and equip a library for the school so as to improve the quality of education in the state.
The Executive Chairman of the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Nureni Adeniran, who was at the event, lauded the NGO for the initiative, which he said would go a long way to enhance the assimilation of the pupils.
According to him, the efforts of the group is commendable and should be emulated by all well-meaning Nigerians as government alone cannot solve the accumulated problem in the education sector.
“The government of Engr. Seyi Makinde is doing a lot to redeem the education sector of the state. We have been doing more in the construction and renovation of school buildings.
“However, kind-hearted Organisations, as yours may support the government, for the sake of our children’s future. There is no support that is too small,” he said.
In another development, the board has promised to provide the Basic Education Quality Assurance Offices, (QAOs) under the State Universal Basic Education Board with necessary supports that would further make quality education accessible to every child.
Dr Adeniran said this while handing over new motorcycles and some office tools including laptops and printers to Quality Assurance Officers across the 33 Local Government Universal Basic Education Authorities.
The gesture, according to him, was in line with the state government’s determination towards ensuring that Oyo State pupils receive quality education.
He advised the QAOs to make good use of the tools, adding that the pieces of equipment were provided to ease their duties of primary schools monitoring, while also enhancing the delivery of quality education in the State.
On his part, the Executive Secretary of OyoSUBEB, Mr Olusanjo Adeniyi while urging the QAOs to make good use of the tools handed over to them, also acknowledged the roles played by the state government and all other relevant agencies in making Quality Assurance monitoring a priority in the state.
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