The federal government of Nigeria has budgeted the sum of N250 million for the rehabilitation of unity schools in the country.
The minister of state for education, Barr. Ezenwo Wike who disclosed this yesterday on the occasion of the public procurement and budget implementation workshop for principals, bursars and secretaries of tender’s board of federal government colleges, said he had directed the commission to focus on the upgrade of library infrastructure and services.
He said that, “it is common knowledge that most of the federal government colleges are beset with infrastructural deficit due to several years of neglect coupled with poor maintenance culture”.
He said those involved in the public procurement processes must break with the usual but abnormal approach where contracts are tardily awarded, or funds for projects execution not meaningfully utilized within the budget timeline and emphasized that government would not hesitate to sanction any officer who deliberately fails to perform his responsibility diligently.
Similarly, he revealed that the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, had also agreed to intervene in the provision of infrastructure for the federal government colleges and that the commission had been directed to upgrade library infrastructure and services.
He said: “colleges that are excluded in the first phase of the ministry’s comprehensive rehabilitation exercise will nevertheless have new libraries or the existing ones completely renovated and equipped by UBEC this year so that the issue of inadequate or poor library services in the federal government colleges will forever be a thing of the past”.