15th November, 2010
Some public schools in Somolu Local Government Area of Lagos State, South WestÂ Nigeria, have been observed to be wearing new look.
A recent tour of the local government by P.M. News revealed that most of the primaryÂ schools in the area have been rehabilitated while some are undergoingÂ rehabilitation.
Some residents of the area that spoke with P.M. News on the development commendedÂ the council chairman, Mr. Gbolahan Bagostowe, for the good gesture, saying theÂ schools were such in deplorable state before their rehabilitation and are nowÂ conducive for leaning.
According to Taiwo Adeolu, one of the resident, â€œbefore the coming in of the councilÂ chairman, schoolsâ€™ structures were in bad state and pupils learnt under harshÂ conditions. At times, when it rained, they would have to be taken elsewhere becauseÂ roofs of some of the classrooms are leaking, while some lack lockers and benches forÂ the pupils to sit and write. But now, the story has changed.
â€œBagostowe has reconstructed some of the buildings and equipped them with furnitureÂ and pupils can now learn in a conducive environment as against what it used to be inÂ the past.â€
A teacher at Agunbiade Primary School, said â€œthis is a new era in the educationÂ sector in this local government as we have never had it so good like this in theÂ past. We, the teachers in this local government, are proud of the council chairman.
â€œApart from rehabilitation of schools, more have been done to teachers and this hasÂ never happened in the history of the local government.â€
P.M. News learnt that the local government has been able to renovate seven schoolsÂ including Igbobi, Ola-Olu, Agunbiade, Baptist, S.S. Peter and Paul andÂ Wright/Wesley, while Odunlade Primary School and others are currently undergoingÂ rehabilitation.
Apart from rehabilitation of schools, it was also gathered that pupils in the localÂ government were given free school uniforms, a pair of sandals and socks, whileÂ benches, tables, chairs and desks were also provided.