Edo to Spend Additional N3bn on Schools

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Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City

The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has announced that the state government will spend N3 billion to build more schools in the state this year, insisting that every Edo child must attend quality schools. Speaking at this year’s International Children’s Day celebration at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, Oshiomhole said the state had in the past seven-and-a-half years devoted resources to rebuild public schools to make them attractive and conducive for teaching and learning.

He promised that the government would “continue to build more schools. Before the end of this year, between now and December, Edo State Government will spend another N3 billion to build more primary schools. I believe that our security and the security of our nation demand that we do not spare any effort in providing you the opportunity you need for quality education.

“We will continue to make investments in constructing modern primary schools, modern secondary schools so that you have an enabling environment to be taught by teachers who are well paid. President Buhari says I should congratulate you on this day.

He is doing everything possible to ensure that the Nigerian child has quality education, to ensure that all those things that affect Nigerian children, the government is doing everything possible to ensure that those practices like violence against children are dealt with firmly. “You are also aware that the federal government is working to introduce one meal a day feeding for our school children. We have a president that is totally committed to ensuring that the rights of the Nigeria child are upheld.”

Oshiomhole added: “We in Edo State will sustain what we have already started. I am sure you are happy when you enter the ‘Comrade Bus’. We will sustain the free bus ride because for us the Edo child deserves the very best. I ask you to continue to take your studies very seriously.