Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State has reiterated the commitment of the State government to providing a conducive learning and teaching environment for teachers and students in the State schools.
He made this statement on Thursday at the commissioning of newly rehabilitated classrooms, office and toilet facilities of Bishop Howells Primary School, Somolu – Lagos, adding that the ongoing rehabilitation of some schools will significantly impact the quality of learning and general academic performance of the pupils.
The Governor, who was represented at the event by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Lola Akande, stated that the contribution of education to the development of the State since its creation 50 years ago cannot be overemphasised and will continue to be a major factor in determining where the State will be in the next 50 years.
He noted that the prevailing knowledge-driven era demands priority attention to equipping the younger generation with qualitative education as an empowerment tool to compete favourably with their peers all over the world.
According to him, this necessitated the massive investment in the provision and rehabilitation of education infrastructure for public schools, recruitment of additional teachers and training and retraining of teachers by the State Government.
Ambode informed that Government is paying particular attention to infrastructure renewal for the primary schools in recognition of the vital role they play in laying the foundation for the knowledge acquisition and value chain of the society.
He, therefore, implored management, teachers and pupils to ensure protection and proper use of these newly rehabilitated facilities thereby justifying tax payers money invested in the rehabilitation and upgrading of the school facilities.