The Kwara Government has earmarked N131million to renovate 17 schools recently affected by rainstorm across the state.
Hajiya Maryam Garba, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, disclosed this to newsmen on Monday in Ilorin during an interview with newsmen.
She said that Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has approved the immediate repair and replacement of facilities affected by the rainstorm in those schools.
Garba said: “Having presented a detailed analysis of schools affected by the rainstorm in the state, Governor Ahmed has approved that we commence immediate repair and renovation of those schools across the state with a cost implication of N131million.
“inspite of the lean purse of the government, the Governor gave the approval due to the premium his administration places on education.
“As schools will be resuming on Monday, April 23, so also repairs of the affected schools across the state will commence.”
The Permanent Secretary, however, urged corporate organisations, affluent individuals and Non-Governmental Organisations to join hands with the state government in improving infrastructure in schools.
According to her, the government cannot do everything alone.
She said that the rainstorm affected some classroom blocks, electricity poles, fences, sports pavilion among others.
Among the affected schools are: Queen Elizabeth School, the School for Special Needs, Government Day Secondary School, Adeta and Government Day Secondary School, Adewole – all in Ilorin.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that scores of residents in the state were also rendered homeless about three weeks ago when the rainstorm blew off roofs, destroyed buildings, shops and electricity poles.