As Edo People task Governor Obaseki on judicious use of the facility
Few days to Edo State governorship elections, Governor Godwin Obaseki has received received a $75 million Workd Bank loan facility to support the revamping of Edo State education sector.
Governor Obaseki made this known in Edo State during his campaign rally at Usen in Ovia South-West Local Government Area on Thursday.
The governor stated that the Board of the World Bank gave the approval in recognition of the successes his administration recorded in the education sector.
Governor Obaseki who expressed gladness said that Edo State and Nigeria have now been richly rewarded for their investment in Education.
“Yesterday, the Board of the World Bank approved a $75 million facility for the revamping of education in Edo State,” he said.
While stressing that, education is very important, governor Obaseki noted that the state government has begun working to reposition and re-enact the sector, starting with the basic education.
He added that What that means is that over the next three years, the government will have about N40 billion to utilise in changing the face of education in Edo state.
He stressed the approval was possible because of the fantastic work which his administration has undertaken in the past few years to show the world what they can do in the educational system.
Obaseki however assurred that the loan would be utilised to change the face of education in the state for the next three years.
He believes the intervention fund will help to expand the existing Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (EdoBEST) programme from the basic education level to the secondary level, as well as reset tertiary education system in the state on the path of progress.
Governor Obaseki commended his cabinet members for the successes recorded in the education sector, stressing that he was not afraid of signing Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) whenever the need arise following the progress made so far.
“It will interest you to know that this facility will help us at the secondary school level to do what we have started doing at the basic education level so that by the time a child has gone through five years of learning, that child will be exposed not only to learning and literacy but also to a vocation.
“This is the last time in our history that our education system will produce ‘Agberos’,” the governor stated.
Meanwhile, a political analyst who spoke with Morenews has expressed worry over what he described as “continuous dependence on foreign loan.”
He added that the timely of the loan is not bad as the governor may be tempted to misapply the fund for his re-election campaigns.
He called on the government to put mechanism in place for strictly monitoring of the fund to ensure that the fund is use for the purpose it was meant for.
While lamenting the terrible situation of education in the state and posited that it will be a disservice to the people of Edo State if the fund is diverted into something else, he however commended governor Obaseki for attracting the loan and flr paying attention to education sector.