Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has handed over completed school projects worth 1.3 Japanese Yen (N2 billion) to the Oyo State Government.
JICA handed over the projects to the state government at a ceremony held at St. Luke’s Demonstration School, Molete, Ibadan.
Mr Hirotaka Nakamura, the Chief Representative in the Nigeria office of JICA, said that the sum was expended on 231 classrooms, two staff rooms and 218 toilet booths spread across 30 schools in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the classroom blocks were furnished with desks, chairs and blackboards.
“The completion of this project brings the total number of classrooms constructed in the education sector in Nigeria to 1, 038 classrooms and 999 toilet booths since December 2014 till date.
“We hope the project would assist in improving the quality of basic education across the state,” he said.
Nakamura said that JICA’s support for the state had transcended primary school construction to include rural water supply and training programmes for government officials.
Mr Sadanobu Kusaoke, the Ambassador of Japan in Nigeria, said that the initiative was expected to accommodate 65 pupils per classroom.
Kusaoke said the diversification of the economy and promotion of social development through empowerment were two priority areas the Japanese government was committed to.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said that the initiative was one of the gains of the long relationship between Nigeria and Japan.
The minister, who was represented by Mrs Opeyemi Ariba, a Deputy Director in the ministry, said that the effort was in line with the Federal Government’s commitment to the enhancement of teaching and learning.
In his remarks, Gov.Abiola Ajimobi said that Japan was a leading country in the world because of knowledge, adding that most developed nations were knowledge-driven.
He commended Mr Bobby Ologun, an Ibadan indigene in Japan, for facilitating the projects to Ibadan.
“Ologun did this for us because he has education. Education is the largest industry in Oyo State.
“What we are having today is Japanese government through JICA helping us develop our future leaders,” he said.
Ajimobi restated his administration’s determination to reposition the education sector for greater heights, saying government would partner with JICA in developing schools in the state.
NAN reports that the Japanese ambassador had earlier paid a courtesy call on the governor in his office.
The event was attended by the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, representatives of UBEC,SUBEB and pupils.
CULLED FROM: naija247news.com