Every public schools in Lagos State will henceforth received no less than N4 million each for the annual maintenance of such a school, the state Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola has said.
Fashola who spoke in Lagos at the formal commissioning of a block of 18 classrooms at Ayedere Ajibola Senior Secondary School in Ketu, Ikosi Isheri local council development area of the state pointed out that graduates of vocational schools will be given the opportunity to put their skills to use by employing them to maintain the schools.
He noted that that any government that aims to discharge its responsibility must commit unreservedly to the welfare of the children.
The Governor explained that the new block of classrooms commissioned, which is one of 24 schools that have been completed and ready for commissioning within the last few months, underscores the commitment of the state government to put in place not just infrastructures but a totality of other requirements to help teach the students survival skills by training them so that they can become self employed and employers of labour.
He commended teachers in the state for their selfless efforts in moulding the lives of the students stressing that government would continue to prioritized the welfare of teachers.
Governor Fashola averred that the welfare of teachers includes a conducive working environment where they can proudly receive visitors which in his opinion elevate the teaching profession as well as the self esteem of the teachers.
He said the state government is committed to the training and empowerment of the youths by providing an enabling environment for them to attain their full potential in life adding that what entails dignity in labour is the model/system that gives one a sense of purpose in the morning to pursue and earn a living.
Governor Fashola urged the students to stay focused, obey their parents and teachers, not to take things from strangers and to be good ambassadors of their parents, family, the state and Nigeria.
The Governor also enjoined parents to pay attention to their children and not delegate their duties to someone else adding that parenting is not only a tough job but a lifelong responsibility that must be taken seriously.
Earlier in her address of welcome, the state
Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye thanked the Governor for his support, counseling, approval and for being a listening Governor just as she urged the students to take adequate care of the school.
In his own remarks, the Chairman of the state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr. Adesegun Raheem, expressed appreciation to the Governor who he said has met with the NUT at four different occasions culminating in the approval of the balance of 11.5 percent allowances of the teachers by the State Executive Council.