Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state has said that more than N18billion would be spent on education sub-sector in 2018.
The governor dropped the hint on Thursday in Asaba while presenting a budget estimate of N298.078 billion
to the Delta State House of Assembly for the 2018 fiscal year.
Christened, “Budget of Hope and Consolidation,” Governor Okowa said: “Delta state has 1,021 primary and 469 secondary schools with 443,813 pupils and 332,760 students respectively.
The governor disclosed that several of these schools have been renovated, furnished and new ones built and between SUBEB (State Universal Basic Education Board) and Ministry of Basic Education, Government has so far spent in excess of N16 Billion in this respect.
“In the 2018 fiscal year, the sum N18.7 billion is allocated to the education sub-sector for capital projects,” he said,
“Upon assumption of office, we formulated a technical and vocational oriented education policy with the objectives of boosting literacy, expanding quality education and developing skilled human resources; arising from the intervention in the Technical and Vocational Education and Agricultural Training (TVEAT) institutions, student enrollment has increased by 22 per cent while pass rate in Technical Subjects has improved by 59 per cent,” he said.
Okowa continued: “The six technical colleges in the state have been repositioned to deliver teaching and learning innovation to prepare the products for leadership and business success, this administration has also embarked on massive infrastructural upgrade of facilities across selected public primary and post-primary schools in the state.
“So far, we have constructed a total of 560 classrooms and renovated another 599 and within the same period, a total of 59, 267 classroom furniture and 7, 884 teachers’ furniture were provided by this administration.
“We have completed the infrastructural upgrades in four model secondary schools namely; Ogbemudein College, Agbor; Owa Model College, Boji Boji Owa; Alema College, Abigborodo, Warri; and Burutu College, Burutu, while work is currently going on at Government Secondary School, Ughelli (Former St. Theresa); Emore College, Oleh; Ashaka Mixed Secondary School, Ashaka; Ogini Grammar School, Ogharefe,” the Governor said.
He further said: To increase access to quality and functional basic and secondary education, we have considered and approved the establishment of twenty five (25) new schools comprising eight primary and seventeen post primary schools; for quality assurance, we have also undertaken a complete review of books for the secondary school system for improved curriculum delivery.”