The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has instructed the state's Ministry of Education to commence the upgrade of facilities in public schools across the state.
Obaseki disclosed this when he hosted the Old Girls' Association of Itohan Girls Grammar School, who was at the Government House, Benin City, on a courtesy visit to the governor.
He said, "the Ministry of Education has been instructed to commence work on the upgrade of facilities in all schools in the state. The focus of the project will include the provision of toilets and boreholes."
Obaseki added that this will enable students acquire knowledge in a conducive environment for better learning outcomes, adding, "when toilet facilities and boreholes are provided in schools, it will encourage students to focus more on their studies."
"The Ministry of Education will ensure contractors commence these projects by ensuring that they carry out surveys to identify schools where toilets and boreholes are needed. When this is completed, we will ensure that the contractors continue with work to provide the schools with the facilities they require," he said.
The governor assured the association of his administration's commitment to improve the quality of education in the state, as their alma mater, Itohan Girls Grammar School, will benefit from renovation of schools to be carried out in 2018.
The president, Old Girls Association, Itohan Girls Grammar School, Dr. Margaret Abikwi, commended the governor for the strides recorded during his one year in office, urging him not to relent in his vision to transform the state.
Abikwi said, "we are here to identify with you and the good work you are carrying out in the state. Your commitment to envisioning an economically viable Edo is commendable. Your administration's drive for skills-based basic education is praiseworthy."