Mr. Nyesom Wike, the FCT Minister, has received praise from the Federal Capital Territory Universal Basic Education Board (FCT-UBEB) for allocating N30.9 billion to renovate public schools in the nation’s capital.
While addressing with newsmen in Abuja on Sunday, Dr. Hassan Sule, who is acting as the chairman of the board, offered the commendation.
The decision would improve access to elementary and secondary education in the nation’s capital, according to Sule, who doubles as the board’s secretary.
He made the point that the fund, if used correctly, might help with the issues of overcrowding in FCT schools and the number of children who are not in school in the territory.
Public school infrastructure, according to the UBEB CEO, is overwhelmed by the large number of new students and kids brought about by the city’s tremendous population boom.
According to him, most of the facilities in the Kwali, Abaji, Gwagwalada, and Kuje area councils are already at capacity due to the dramatic increase in student enrollment.
Most of our schools require simultaneous attention to guarantee that children in the FCT continue to have access to quality basic education as enrollment increases.
We are grateful that the FCT Minister has allocated more than N30 billion to tackle the majority of the issues confronting these schools, he remarked.
He revealed that the 2023 UBEB Intervention Action Plan for remediating primary schools would attend to some of the area council schools that were not included in the N30.9 billion intervention.
Abaji, Gwagwalada, and a small number of nomadic schools set up by locals were the area councils he named.
In a statement about the accomplishments of his board, Sule mentioned that the FCT-UBEB had built or renovated over 400 classrooms and educated over 7,000 educators.
In addition, he mentioned that over 150,000 textbooks had been issued by the board to enhance the standard of education in elementary schools.
We want to bring basic education to the homes of our community members in order to decrease the number of children who are not in school.
“In order to enhance access to quality basic education, a total of 30 new primary schools and 18 new junior secondary schools were established a few years ago,” he stated.
Wike approved a budget of N30.9 billion to rehabilitate schools in the FCT in a big way, according to Dr. Danlami Hayyo, the Mandate Secretary of the Education Secretariat of the FCT Administration.
The reconstruction and rehabilitation of 40 schools, with a projected completion date of 100 days, and an accelerated whole-school rehabilitation starting with 18 schools, with a budget of N13.1 billion, were both approved by Hayyo.
The second round of the whole-school restoration plan, he added, will cost N4.5 billion and renovate four schools.