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Lagos Commends British Council, reads riot act to road contractors

Lagos Commends British Council, reads riot act to road contractors

 Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr (Mrs.) Idiat Oluranti Adebule has commended the contributions of the British Council to the development of the education sector in the State.

 Adebule gave the commendation in Lagos today at a reception organized by the state government for the visiting delegation from the United Kingdom under the auspices of the British Council Connecting Classroom Programme, noting that for the state to achieve better education delivery, the cooperation and partnership of international institutions such as the British Council is imperative.

 “The enormous contributions of the British Council to the development of education in the State cannot be over emphasized, among which are the provision of Digital Hubs in three public senior secondary schools, organisation of several trainings and workshops for teachers, head teachers, officers in the Ministry and sponsoring the State teachers and officers to international workshops”, the Deputy Governor said.

 She maintained that the collaboration with the British Council was indeed a valued partnership that has been working for the state government, expressing the administration’s appreciation to the Council for partnering with the State in its effort to improve education.

 According to her, the focus of the cooperation between the Ministry of Education and the Council is not lost on government as it is aware of the need to adopt and integrate new educational trends in the State educational framework with a view to enhancing the performance, administrative efficiency and build up public schools to global standard.

 Dr. Adebule noted that the 2015-2018 Connecting Classroom Programme will ensure that young people learn foundation skills and build the capacity of teachers to integrate a range of core skills into the curriculum, thereby improving learning outcomes for students as well as enabling them to become more globally aware and competitive.

 “I was reliably informed that the 2012-2015 edition of the Connecting Classroom Programme which was aimed at increasing the chances of young people worldwide to demonstrate enhanced knowledge, skills and understanding for work in the global economy came to an end in the month of June 2015. It is on record that a total of 55 public primary and secondary schools across the State benefited from the programme and are already in partnership with other Schools in the United Kingdom on the Connecting Classroom Programme”, she averred.

 Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Olabisi Ariyo explained that the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme aims to develop and nurture school links involving Nigeria and United Kingdom (UK) schools, adding that the links would promote greater understanding of global issues for teachers and students in the UK and Nigeria.

 She explained that the team will be visiting seven schools across the state and they are Lagos City Senior College, Sabo Yaba; Sanya Senior Grammar School, Sanya; Modupe Cole Memorial School, Bariga; Eva Adelaja Junior Girls Grammar School, Bariga; Keke Senior High School, Agege; Idimu Junior High School, Idimu; and Dairy Farm Senior Secondary School, Agege.

 The head of the UK delegation, Mrs. Jane English also expressed the appreciation of the team to the Lagos State Government for the partnership, which she noted has been of great benefit to both countries, adding that the continuous training of teachers will further enhance teachers’ and students’ learning skills.

In another development, the state Government has charged all the contractors handling the 114 roads in all the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas in the State to be on top of their jobs and ensure that they meet international standard in delivering the road projects.

Hon. Muslim Folami, State Commissioner for the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs gave the charge on Monday during a progress report meeting with all the Contractors, Executive Secretaries and other stakeholders across the State, held at Adeyemi-Bero Auditorium, Alausa-Ikeja.

He emphasised that Governor Ambode attaches great importance to the timely completion of the 114 roads, warning that any contractor that delivers a shoddy job will not only have the contract revoked but will also be blacklisted.

According to him, “the state government will not hesitate to cancel any contract or accept excuses from any contractor for non-performance, for the use of substandard material or if the road project delivered after completion is not up to the expected standard”.

While stressing that there is a need for prudent management of funds by the contractors, Folami implored all the stakeholders involved in the project to work together, saying that “this present administration is people oriented government where every Lagosians must be carried along at every point”.

He however urged the contractors handling the construction of the roads project to employ people in the communities to work on the roads project especially the indigenes, noting that “consideration should be given to the qualified people in the community to work on the construction sites”.   

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