Wike Approves N30Bn For Massive Renovations of FCT Schools

By: Kabiru Musa & Odugbo Sarah

The FCT Minister, Barrister Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, has approved over N30 billion for a comprehensive improvement and reconstruction of FCT Schools.

Accordingly, this total sum is also expected to be utilized for the immediate intervention for the payment of the Primary School Teachers arrears of 25 months.

Speaking during a breakdown brief of the allocation, the Secretary for Education, Dr. Danlami Hayyo, explained that the FCT Minister, Barrister Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, has placed priority on Education in FCT and is concerned about the development of the school system to the deliverance of quality Education service with Standard output in the Students Academic performances and Extra Co- Curricular activities.

Hayyo said every issues surrounding Education in FCT deserves immediate attention hence the landmark allocation, which according to him is the first of its kind in the FCT.

The Secretary for Education explained further that the various school renovations will be in batches as the Minister had earlier approved 10 billion for the renovation of 40 Schools in 100 days and went ahead to add another initiative approach.

His words: “The Minister decided to change the system of renovation hence the comprehensive renovation school approach whereby all the facilities, all blocks, toilets, boarding hostels, dinning and everything in the School will be renovated hence the additional 13.1 billion for the accelerated rehabilitation of another batch of Schools and another 4.5 billion for the next batch.

On the intervention payment of arrears for the Primary School Teachers, Hayyo said that,the Minister after receiving brief on the matter approved 7 billion to clear the Teachers outstanding arrears with 40% from the FCT Administration while 60% from the Six Area Councils.

He said, Education is fundamental to the development of any Nation and enhances opportunities for economic growth.

The Secretary described Teachers as playing crucial roles in ensuring solid foundation for students by imparting knowledge, fostering critical thinking and providing guidance.

Hayyo said the timely intervention by the FCT Minister is in recognition of the valuable contributions and professional dedication, which in turn has positive impact on the quality of Education, creates engagement in effective learning environment, ultimately benefiting students in the Education System.

He thanked the Minister for his unwavering commitment to FCT and Education while calling on the Teachers to reciprocate this intervention.