- Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has ordered the construction of 13 new schools in Abia state
- The governor gave the directive to ASUBEB during his visit to schools in the state
- According to Ikpeazu, additional 300 classroom blocks would be constructed in various communities across the state
The governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu, has made an unscheduled visit to schools in state after news broke on the deplorable state of government owned schools in Abia.
Legit.ng gathered that the the governor visited Abayi Secondary and Primary School and Osusu Amaukwa Secondary and Primary School on Friday, March 22.
Ikpeazu during the visit promised to build 13 new model schools in addition to the existing four other schools in Abia state.
The governor also directed the Abia state Universal Basic Education Board (ASUBEB) to construct an additional 300 classroom blocks across the state.
The new construction of classroom would be an addition to 359 constructed during his first tenure as governor of the state.
Speaking to Legit.ng on the matter, the Abia state commissioner of information, John Okiyi Kalu, said the governor during the visit also vowed to continue the school feeding program and explore possibility of extending it to junior secondary schools in the state.
According to Kalu, the governor also directed proprietors of private schools in the state to ensure that school buildings are constructed with sporting facilities and mirror existing public model schools in the state.
Kalu said that the Abia state's ministry of education has also been directed to collaborate with ministries of science, land/planning to ensure that all school buildings in the state have strong foundations and are safe for school children.
In addition, security agencies in the state were directed to ensure the protection of all public schools in order to avoid miscreants using the facilities as hideouts and places for their nefarious activities.
Ikpeazu assured that continuous training and improved welfare for teachers within the public school system will be mandated while, the state will launch compulsory IT based learning system in all primary and secondary schools in the state.
He also expressed desire to ensure that Abia continues to lead in Nigeria, especially in STEM education.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Abia state government said that the present administration is doing all it takes to ensure development get to all crannies of Abia.
The state government also said that the education sector in Abia has been receiving 'never imagined' attention from the Governor since he assumed office on May 29, 2015.
The state said the continued improvement of the education sector in the state is a task which Governor Ikpeazu is determined to accomplish before leaving office.
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