LAGOS ASSEMBLY THIS WEEK
By: Okunade Adekunle
Lagos State House of Assembly has appealed to corporate bodies and private organizations in the state to help government in bolstering educational advancement in the riverine areas of the state,owing to the enormity of the task.
This appeal was made by the House Committee on Education led by Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi, at a deliberate visit with some committee members like Hon. Olusola Sokunle and Hon. Jude Idimogu, to Lagos State Model College, Ajah, during the week.
Ogunyemi, while, commending the state government for providing enabling environment that paved way for seamless resumption of the new academic session in the state public schools, explained that the big private organizations should assist government in the delivery of qualitative education for especially schools in the riverine area.
He stressed that with what he and his colleagues have seen, was obvious that the schools, teachers and pupils are ready for the new academic session, enhanced by the provision of modern infrastructure by the state government.
Ogunyemi who made donation of N300,000 to the school on behalf of his daughter, Dr. Olubukola Ogunyemi, a student of the school, urged private organisations in the state to support government on education.
“We are calling on more corporate organizations and wealthy individuals to support the government on education, and look into our riverine areas to support education there. Government cannot achieve the desired result alone without cooperation and support of all” added Ogunyemi.
“Despite coming early unannounced, we met the students and teachers on ground, a clear indication of their readiness for the new academic session,” Ogunyemi said.
He eulogised state government for its efforts at developing the education sector in the state, stressing that the present state government has touched the sector positively in the state through provision of modern infrastructure and incentives for teachers.
Ogunyemi concluded, ” The government of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has touched the sector positively through the provision of modern infrastructure and incentives for the teachers in the public schools”.
Lagos Lawmaker Assures Parents, Pupils of Adequate Security in Schools
The House Committee Chairman on Education, Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi, has assured the parents and pupils of Lagos Model College, Badore, Ajah and other schools in riverine areas in the state of adequate security.
The lawmaker made this assurance when he led the Education. Committee of the Lagos State House of Assembly on a visit to public schools in the riverine areas.
While speaking on security issue, the lawmaker recalled that a couple of days back, the Deputy Governor of the state, Mrs. Oluranti Adebule, who is also the state Commissioner for Education, called a stakeholders meeting of parents and managers of schools in the state before resumption.
He emphasised that one of the issues raised at the meeting had to do with security, and that the state government has put measures in place with the Nigerian Police to ensure that all the public schools, particularly those with boarding facilities, were given adequate security on 24 hours basis.
“The principal of the school said that the school is secured. Also, the issue of shanties around the school came up at the stakeholders meeting and we noticed that in Badore.
“Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has given express directive that all the shanties around the schools in the state should be pulled down to ensure security in the schools.
“The government is very sensitive and everybody is on red alert on security in the schools. Even the students are also sensitive on this and we are good to go for the new session.
“On improving infrastructure in the schools, in the last budget, the government pumped about N10 billion into the system and that is what is resulting in the massive renovations in the schools.
“Also, about N6 billion is being pumped into this year’s budget that is resulting in the massive renovation exercise that is going on in the schools with the directive of the government.
“However, we will keep calling on corporate organizations and individuals to come in to help the government on education,” He stated.
Earlier, while addressing parents and students in the school, Ogunyemi said that the committee was on the visit to see what the school looks like on the first day of resumption.
He reiterated that the state government was very committed to giving the best to the education sector in the state, and that the visit to the model college would be the first by the committee.
“We went round some of our model colleges over a year ago, we looked at the facilities there and saw that there was need for the government to do some turn around.
“We have since been to the Model College at Meiran and we are very satisfied with the turn around that is there now. Today, we are here on routine inspection as it is constitutionally stipulated that we do oversight functions.
“We are happy that some of you parents have been bringing in your children since yesterday. We thank you for your belief in public schools and in our government.
“We want to assure you that the government would continue to do the best for education in the state. We will look at the hostels, we would look at the dining rooms and the environment,” He said.
The lawmaker told the audience that the committee would look at the areas to be improved upon in the school and get back to the government and the Deputy Governor of the state in particular as the Commissioner for Education.
He explained further that the reason the committee goes round on oversight functions was to ensure that the budget it approves for education in the state is judiciously put into use.
He said: “We are satisfied with what the state government has done so far, but we want to see what has been done in Badore, we want to see areas we can improve upon.
“Security has also become an issue in our public schools and the government is not resting on it’s oars on this. We want to assure you that your children are safe, they are secure and there is a collaboration between our state government and the Nigerian Police.
“We want to call on you to support the state government by paying your taxes. We are also calling on those of us who are close to churches/ mosques and corporate organizations to influence them to support the government on education.
“Some of the children here today may not necessarily work for the government, they would work with corporate organizations such as banks and other companies. So, we must invest in education, we want to appreciate you for given your children quality education.”
One of the parents in the school, Mr. Olubodun Alausa, while commending the efforts of the government on model colleges in the state, urged the government to ensure that shanties around schools were removed as he said that they harbour criminals.
He also called on the government to provide drainages around the school so that the water could go into the canals, and pleaded with the government to ensure more security around the school as he revealed that armed robbers once escaped around the area after a robbery operation recently.
Another parent, who simply gave his name as Evangelist Adeyemi, spoke about the environment of the school.
He said that one of his friends, who has a daughter in the school, once told him that his daughter and others were called ‘toilet girls’ in the school as they clean the toilet always.
He told the committee that the school should arrange for people to take care of the toilets, adding that even if the students would assist, they should not be called such names.
Ogunyemi later promised the parents that all the issues would be addressed and called on them to pay their taxes regularly to help the government have more money for development.
Other members of the committee on the visit included Hon. Akeem Shokunle from Oshodi/Isolo Constituency 1 and Hon. Jude Idimogu from Oshodi/Isolo Constituency 2.