By Owolabi Aleshinloye
The official handing over of a block of four class rooms, toilets and bore hole donated by Build-a-School Initiative for Africa, (BASIA) to St. Peters Primary School Iyesi took place in Ota on Monday.
Engr Noimot Salako-Oyedele, the Deputy Governor of Ogun state who commissioned the new facilities commended the organization for the initiative which she noted will go a long way to reduce the number of ‘out-of-school children’ and enhance quality of education.
Engr. Salako noted that although the NGO have their footprints in about four to five states of the federation, she lauded the Donor, Dr Victor Ukorebi for their interest in Ogun State where about three schools have been built and commissioned by the organisation.
While thanking the former Assistant Head Teacher of the school, Mr. Adejare Yakubu for bringing the plight of the school to her attention earlier before the BASIA’s intervention, she added that the new facilities will not stop the Ogun State intervention in the school in no distant future.
“We look forward to your participation because we know we can’t do it alone” said the deputy governor who urged the school authority, alumni body and the community to take ownership of the newly built classes.
Engr. Salako revealed that the state government under the leadership of Prince Dapo Abiodun is currently working on
900 different schools across the state through the ‘Yellow Roof Revolution’ in other to bring them to an acceptable standard.
With an improved welfare packages for teachers across the state and other giant strides of the government in Education, she gave assurance that the present administration will continue to do it’s best in the efforts to provide affordable and quality education for the citizens.
The handing over ceremony was witnessed by Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in the state, Professor Abayomi Arigbabu represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs Abosede Ogunleye, Senator Kamal Akin Odunsi, former House Representative member Hon. Kazeem Salako, traditional rulers in the Ado-Odo/Ota local government led by Olota of Otaland; Oba Adeyemi Abdulkabir Obalanlege (Lanlege Ekun II) Arole Iganmode.
The monarch in his remarks also appealed to corporate bodies to support the government in giving quality education to the people of the state.