JICA TO CONSTRUCT THIRTY CLASSROOMS IN OYO
The Japan International Corperation Agency,JICA, In Collaboration with the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC,is to build thirty schools at the cost of over eight million dollars in Oyo State.
The Project Manager of JICA, Mr. Kazunori Ogaguchi made this known to newsmen in Abuja at the opening of tenders for the construction of the project.
Mr. Ogaguchi said the project was expected to be completed within twelve months.
He said that the thirty schools which would be equipped was expected to have between two hundred and two hundred and fifty classrooms each.
“We constructed thirty primary schools and two hundred and twenty-five classrooms in Oyo State, for the project eight million Us dollars ………..our construction contract is for twelve months…..we want to enhance accesibilty to school for children” he said.
The Project Cordinator, Universal Basic Education Commission, Mr.Iro Umar explained that access to basic education had been a challenge in the country as records indicates that about ten million Nigeria children were out of school,hence the need for the project.
“The basic challenge of basic education in Nigeria is access getting all children to school, providing classroom and other facilities. About ten million Nigerian children are out of school part of this problem is access and beneficiaries is actually the Nigerian child”
Mr Umar further explained the process that informed the choice of Oyo State
“Usually every year we summit proposals to Japan on behalf of all the states in Nigeria based on statistics we provide them which we obtain from the states, they look at their own budget and see what they can provide at a time. so when we summit proposals on behalf of states is left for JICA TO decide which state they want to pick at a time”. he explained.
According to him the project has also been carried out in Niger,Kaduna,Plateau and Kano State.
The Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC, is mandated by the law to seek assistance within and outside the country for the development of basic education.