The Ekiti State Government has procured equipment worth N109 million (One Hundred and Nine Million Naira) which will be distributed to all public secondary schools in the first week of 2019/2020 academic session in September.
This was made known by the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Foluso Daramola in Ado-Ekiti while playing host to the Chairman and members of the House Committee on Education, Science and Technology stressed the commitment of the Fayemi-led administration to the provision of a more conducive teaching and learning environment in all public schools in the state.
Foluso Daramola lamented that the immediate past administration did not embark on any serious renovation of schools during the four years it spent in office leading to serious dilapidation of facilities in schools across the state.
The Commissioner informed the members of the House Committee that the government has carried out a comprehensive evaluation of facilities in public schools in the state with a view to ascertaining the level of intervention required by government to reposition Education in the state.
Mr. Daramola who noted that the massive renovation of schools and provision of infrastructure that took place during the first tenure of Governor Kayode Fayemi between 2010 and 2014 under the Operation Renovate All School (ORASE) gave a new lease of life to schools across the state, disclosed that government had already commenced renovation works in schools while more schools will soon be rehabilitated.
Earlier in her address, the Chairman of House Committee on Education, Hon Adekemi Balogun pledged that her Committee will work in collaboration with the Ministry to reposition the sector to achieve the core mandate to educate all school age children in the State.
She called on the Ministry to intensify its supervision and monitoring of schools so that the fund injected by the government into the sector will not be a waste.
Hon Balogun noted with dismay that many of the teachers who are benefitting from the Rural Allowance are living in Ado, Ikere, Ikole and other major towns in the State which contravenes the purpose of the allowance under which teachers who are working in the rural areas are to live in the area of their primary assignment in remote and rural settlements in the State