Lagos State Government has approved N10 billion for the ongoing construction and renovation of public schools and training of teachers
Deputy Governor Dr Idiat Adebule made this known yesterday at a three-day Medium Term Strategy Retreat on the Year 2017 Budget Framework and the 2016 Budget Review for the Education Sector, organised by the Ministry of Education.
Mrs Adebule said government recognised the role of education in the progress and development of the nation and would not relent in placing high priority to the sector.
She said: “Governor Akinwunmi Ambode led-administration recognised the role of education in nation building and has been giving adequate attention to the needs of the sector.
“This strategy session is important as it will assist the government to plan properly and adequately budget for the sector in the coming year to make education in Lagos State meet international standard.”
She reiterated the government’s commitment to a continuous and more robust strategy to improving and ensuring a functional education system in the state.
Mrs Adebule urged participants to make meaningful contributions and recommendations for an effective, efficient and transparent budget for the education sector.
Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary Mr Adesina Odeyemi, said the retreat would evaluate, re-appraise, identify goals and set objectives to reform the budget process and improve the education sector.
“This retreat is vital to help us review our activities in the past year and then project into the future, looking at the needs in the education sector with respect to available resources,” he said.
The ministry’s Director, Policy, Planning, Research and Statistics, Dr Christiana Shofolahan said the outcome of the retreat would enhance and reform education in the state.