As part of its desire, to meet the needs of the people of the border areas and provide qualitative education to the people of the State, the Ogun State Government in collaboration with a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), the Build A School Initiative in Africa (BASIA), has built a block of four classrooms for the people of Igboedu community in Ogun Waterside Local government area of the state.
The Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, during the official handing over of the classrooms to the people of Igboedu community, said the project was borne out of the desire to meet the needs of the people in the border communities, especially in terms of infrastructure.
According to her, ” the Ogun State government is still willing to partner with NGOs who are desirous of boosting our huge investment in the education sector”.
She noted that Prince Dapo Abiodun has done a lot in terms of teachers’ welfare, provision of infrastructural and capacity development.
While urging the community to put into good use the facility, she assured them of more government interventions to improve the community.
Also Speaking the Chairman Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Dr. Femi Majekodunmi, said the handover of the block of classrooms will boost the huge resources the present administration has invested in the education sector, stressing that government alone cannot provide the wherewithal in providing a more conducive learning environment for students.
The President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BASIA, Dr Victor Ukorebi, said the completion of the block of classrooms brings it to a total of 8 blocks of classrooms built in the state, affirming that Ogun remains a very good partner of the organisation.
He said the initiative was to confront the problems facing the children to have access to education, stating that statistics show that the state still has over 700, 000 out of school children in the State while promising that his NGO will be constructing additional 3 blocks of classrooms before the end of 2024.
In his remark, Igboedu community leader, Mr Godwin Akintubuwa, appreciated the gesture, saying building a school in the community will bring great development to Igboedu which is the biggest community amongst the three communities in Ogun Waterside, as well as allow children in the community have access to education
Earlier in his opening address, the Chairman, Ogun Waterside Local government, Hon. Mudasiru Adekunle, commended the state government and BASIA team, for their unflinching support, saying the project will bring relief to the people in Igboedu village who travel as far as 7km before getting to school, calling on other philanthropists and well-meaning people to emulate the gesture.