JAPAN’S N1.6B GRANT FOR OYO PRIMARY SCHOOLS

THE Japanese government has approved  an $8.5 million (N1,674,500,000) grant for additional classrooms for primary schools in Oyo State.

Project Manager, Japan International Cooperation System, Mr. Kazunori Ogaguchi, said the project was under Japan’s grant-in-aid 2014.

The project involved building 225 classrooms in 30 primary schools in Oyo under the community empowerment programme of Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA).

Ogaguchi said the initiative would complement the Nigerian government’s effort at providing access to primary education.

The project manager said the real cost would be determined after tenders had been evaluated and a tenderer selected.

He said JICA had undertaken similar projects in Kano State.

“The construction contract is for a 12-month period. We want to enhance access to school for children through increasing the number of classrooms.”

The Project Coordinator, International Development Partner Projects in Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Mr. Iro Umar, explained that the commission approached the Japanese government on behalf of the Federal Government, to seek assistance for additional classrooms to increase access to primary education.

He said: “You are also aware of the statistics that about 10 million Nigeria children are out of school. Part of this problem is access. Like the project they did in Kano, which provided 490 classrooms and if you multiply 40 times 490, you will surely agree that a lot of Nigerian children were comfortably seated into the classrooms ready for learning”.

 

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