Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN (2nd left) cutting the tape to commission a Block of 13 Classrooms at the First African Church Mission Primary School, Iju-Ishaga, Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. With him are: Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye (left), member, Lagos State House of Assembly representing Ifako- Ijaiye Constituency, Hon. Dayo Fafunmi (2nd right,Behind) and Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mrs. Gbolahan Dawodu (2nd right) during the commissioning of a Block of 13 Classrooms at the First African Church Mission Primary School, Iju-Ishaga, Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area.
Defying an early morning downpour, Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN, on Tuesday, 19th August, 2014 formally handed over two new schools constructed by the state government in the Iju- Ishaga and Ifako in Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Area of the state, saying it is another step towards improving the learning environment of the pupils.
The Governor who spoke at both Sonmori Comprehensive Senior High School, College Road, Ifako- Ijaiye and the First African Church Mission Primary School, Iju-Ishaga before cutting the ribbons to formally commission both structures added that government hopes the new structures will inspire the children to greater heights.
Noting that provision of new structures is an on-going effort to rebuild new school, and renovate existing ones during the vacation, the Governor said it is expected to also inspire teachers to produce better results adding that the purpose was to ensure that when the children resume from their long vacation, they would resume into a better learning environment than they left while proceeding on the vacation.
Governor Fashola reiterated his commitment to give his best to the state adding that if the residents could defy the rain or the sun to come and vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last general election, nothing would also stop him from serving the people of Lagos in the rain or the sunshine.
He urged the people not to be deceived by some desperate politicians who may in seeking their votes promise not to collect taxes from the residents once they are voted into office, maintaining that they are liars.
He said the two new structures and several others that have been embarked upon by the present administration in its quest to redress the infrastructure deficit in the state are all products of the taxes paid by compliant residents.
“Please ask them what they have done with our crude oil money that they have collected. The states and local governments have even had their allocations reduced and the reasons why you have not felt this is because you pay your taxes in Lagos.
The most tangible thing for everyone of you to do to ensure the continuity of these projects is by voting for the APC in the next elections”, he added.
Speaking earlier, the state Commissioner for Education, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye stated that with the new schools being handed over, the emphasis of the present administration on quality education cannot be over emphasized.
She added that every investment made by the government represent the strongest building blocks of securing a brighter and rewarding future for the children, imploring all stakeholders to preserve all the assets bearing in mind that government has expended a lot into its provision.
Mrs Oladunjoye also urged the students to justify the huge investment of the State Government on them while asking the teachers to take full charge of the structures and ensure that they do their work diligently to repay government’s huge investment in them.
Messages of goodwill which commended the present administration in the state for fulfilling all its electioneering promises to the people of Ifako- Ijaiye were delivered by the Chairman of Ifako- Ijaiye Local Government Area, Hon Oloruntoba Oke and member of the House Assembly representing Ifako Ijaiye Constituency, Hon Dayo Fafunmi.
The Governor later cut the tape at the two different locations to formally hand the new schools made up 18 classrooms in one block at Sonmori Comprehensive Senior High School, College Road, Ifako and 13 classrooms in one block at the First African Church Mission Primary School, Iju Ishaga.
The Governor was accompanied to the handing over ceremonies by members of the state executive including the state Commissioners for Commerce and Industry, Mrs Sola Oworu; Youth, Sports and Social Development, Hon Enitan Oshodi; Information and Strategy, Mr Lateef Ibirogba; and traditional rulers from the area.