Kidnapping: Lagos spends N3.6bn on security in schools

   …says 11,895 private schools unapproved


Lagos State Government yesterday said that it has spent over N3.6bn on provision of security infrastructural facilities and perimeter fence construction of Model College Igbonla, other model colleges and schools in the state to prevent kidnapping and other security breaches in the schools.

This was even as the government said about 11,895 private schools in the state were operating illegally, saying the number of approved schools stood at 5,105. Briefing journalists on the achievement of the state’s Ministry of Education in the last one year, the Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule, said out of the 17,000 private schools identified in the state, only 5,105 were approved, saying others were operating without approval.

To completely tackle the invasion of schools and kidnap of school pupils by kidnappers and other criminals, Adebule said the government began the provision of security infrastructural facilities and provision of watch towers, security alarm systems and floodlights and perimeter fence construction at Model College Igbonla, while work was ongoing in other schools, including Model Colleges at Igbokuta, Ketu-Epe, Agbowa-Ikosi and Kankon.

She added that the project had been completed at Igbonla Model College. Adebule said: “Rehabilitation of classroom blocks awarded in November 2017, have been completed in four schools while others are at various stages of completion.

“Construction of new block of classrooms are on-going in eight schools, including the world class model of block of classrooms at Awori College, Ojo; Angus Memorial High School, Somolu and Lagos City College, Sabo-Yaba.

“The various projects, most of which were awarded in November last year at a total cost of N3.6bn are in various stages of completion.” On measures adopted to deal with the illegal schools which amounts to 71 per cent of unapproved and illegal schools in the state, Adebule said government preferred to implement what she called ‘internal discipline’ on the illegal schools, rather than shutting them down and stopping them from operating.

To upscale the infrastructure in schools, the deputy governor said government had spent N4.8 billion in the last one year to rehabilitate and renovate schools in the state. She added: “The resolve of this administration to improve the learning environment, by upgrading existing infrastructure and providing new ones in order to create a conducive teaching and learning environment for teachers and pupils, received a boost as 160 projects awarded for rehabilitation of schools were completed in the last one year at a cost of N4.8 billion.”

The deputy governor also disclosed that about 491 teachers benefitted from the car loan while N30 million Housing loan was approved for 38 beneficiaries in the teaching service.

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