…to distribute 20, 000 prepaid meters
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday disclosed that plans have been concluded to employ 15000 teachers, to boost the standard of education in the state.
Sanwo-Olu also disclosed that the State Government and Egyptian electricity firm, Elsewedy, to produce over 20, 000 prepaid meters for households in the state.
The Governor disclosed the plans at the celebration of his 100 days in office held in Ikeja which was also attended by former Sole Administrators, Brigadier-General Raji Rasaki, retd and Rear admiral Ndubuisi Kanu and others.
He stressed that the employment was decided to ensure adequate and efficient learning and teaching in schools, saying, people with disabilities that have the teaching skills will also be employed.
According to him, it has become important to ensure Lagos pupils have the best of education and provide the state with the right human resources in the future.
“We have discovered that the number of pupils in our schools have increased. And it is important that we also increase the number of teachers that will impact the learning on the pupils.
“Aside that, we will also be providing increasing the number of equipments we have in our schools to ensure that the manpower and equipment are commensurate.
“Also, we will be introducing new curriculum in our schools to ensure the knowledge that will be impacted on them meet 21st century demands. I can assure you that all these will be done very soon”, the governor added.
To tackle the issues of erratic power supply, the Governor said about 20000 pre-paid meters would be procured while discussions are on discos and a power firm on how to increase power supply through embedded power.
Sanwo-Olu said that his government would be leveraging on private sector partnership and funding to execute programme and projects, stating that partnership with the private sector is critical as it controls about 80 per cent of Lagos Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Sanwo-Olu added that, to realise fund to execute programmes and projects, the state hopes to bring in about 2 million non tax paying residents into the tax net through innovative ideas.
The Governor promised that in increasing the state’ Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), there would be no increase in tax rate paid by residents and businesses.
In a bid to sustain the achievements recorded in waste management, Sanwo-Olu said over 20 million units of waste bags had been produced for distribution so that residents could bag and sort their waste appropriately. He promised that 40 million units of waste bags would be produced in the coming weeks.
He said his administration is not about excuses but finding solutions to problems and challenges confronting residents and the state.
He promised that the Oshodi-Abule-Egba BRT lane would be completed before the end of the year while the school feeding programme meant for primary school pupils will kick off soon.
In his welcome address, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, stated that the event marking his first one hundred days in office would be a forum to interact with Lagosians and give an incite on the programmes of government in the coming months.
He also said it was an avenue to give an account of his stewardship to Lagosians noting that they could attest to the commitment of Governor Sanwo-olu’s administration to lead the people of Lagos to their dreams.