Oyo State Government has revealed plans to construct five new model schools across the three senatorial districts of the state.
A statement by the Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, explained that this was in line with the 2018 intervention project in conjunction with Federal Government’s Universal Basic Education Board.
The Chairman of Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Nureni Adeniran, made the announcement during a prequalification exercise for the 2018 FGN-UBEC/OYOSUBEB intervention projects in Ibadan.
He noted that the projects would be awarded to qualified contractors among the 76 applicants who applied for the pre-qualification exercise.
Dr Adeniran listed the beneficiary schools to include Methodist Primary School, Bodija in Ibadan North Local Government Area (LGA); and St. Paul’s Primary School, Yanbule in Ibadan North East (LGA).
Others are Methodist Primary School, Arowomole, Ogbomosho South LGA; Community Primary School, Airport, Ona-Ara LGA; and Muslim Grammar (Jnr) School, Odinjo, Oluyole LGA.
The SUBEB boss affirmed that the present administration would ensure equity, fairness and objectivity in the award of these contracts.
“The anomalies observed in the award of contracts by the last administration through awards of 64 and 72 projects to a single contractor is a thing of the past, as our administration is guided by fairness, equity, transparency and accountability,” he was quoted as saying in the statement.
Dr Adeniran commended the state governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, for his bid to enhance education delivery and access to basic education in the state.
According to him, this is made manifest through the governor’s immediate intervention in the education sector through the budgetary increment of the sector.
The SUBEB chairman also reiterated the government’s determination to terminate payment of legal and illegal fees in public schools.
He added that the newly introduced extra-mural classes for JSS3 and SS3 students would improve the academic performances of the students tremendously.