In a bid to improve the standard of education in Lagos state, the Chairman of Ejigbo Local Council Development Area, LCDA, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan on at the weekend distributed 7, 200 school uniforms to pupils in the nine primary schools within the council area.
The council chairman also distributed 86, 400 exercise books_12 per pupil and other educational materials_school chalks; rulers; to teachers and pupils.
Bamigbetan who distributed the educational materials at the council free education programme held at Fadu schools complex, Ejigbo, Lagos said “all these are aimed at complementing the free education system in the nine public schools in Ejigbo LCDA.”
According to him “This is also a proactive intervention to bring more children to the four walls of the schools and to give them the basic foundation in education.”
“If after the completion of his primary education, and his parents are unable to sponsor such child to the secondary school, he can still be enrolled into any technical colleges in the state. And still become an artisan,” he said.
It will be recalled that the council had in 2010 kick_off the yearly distribution exercise.
Bamigbetan said “The free educational materials we believe will help to engage some of our artisans in business and to boost the economy. The end product of this is to eradicate poverty.”
The council chairman emphasized “If parents realize that the issue of school uniforms, desk and benches have been catered for by the state government. They will save such money and spend it on other issues which will in turn improve the standard of the economy. The money is an investment in the life of the people of Ejigbo LCDA.”
He said “The impact of these free gifts has led to an increase in number of pupils in the nine primary schools under the council from 4, 200 pupils in November 2008 to 7, 200 pupils.”
Bamigbetan “Another challenge is an urgent need for the Lagos state government to increase the number of teachers in the nine primary schools in the council because the exponential increase in enrolment has increased the teacher pupil ratio.”
“Similarly, other categories of staff, such as attendants and cleaners are needed to take care of the children.”
“The council is also confronted with limited availability of free land for public use frustrated our efforts to build the four primary schools envisaged.”
The council boss commended Governor Fashola for pledging to purchase four plots each in Ifoshi and Ilamoshe community.
He however promised that he would continue with the programmes if re_elected, adding “Of all the programmes executed by this administration, the one I found more prevailing are the ones that are focused children. They are endangered species in the society and we need to rescue them. We do not have to wait until we begin to find children sleeping under the bridges unable to survive, engage in unproductive activities before we begin to take care of them.”
Responding, the chairman of Parents Forum, Ejigbo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) Alh Aliu adeyemo commended the council chairman on his effort to improve the standard of education in the council.
Adeyemo said “All these facilities have tremendously increased the population of the pupils in public schools. It has also help the pupils to live healthy. We appreciate the food distributed on Monday. Now, we have enough desk and benches in all our primary schools.”
Since the inception of Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan’s administration as the chairman of Ejigbo LCDA in November 2007, he has fulfilled all the promises he made to us while campaigning for the post of council chairman.”
“I saw the block of classrooms constructed by Mr. Bamigbetan for Ageke primary school, I was elated. This will help to decongest the number of pupils in each of the classrooms. I also visited the block of classrooms at Ailegun which is still under construction.”