The state rehabilitated 200 schools with N7 billion, the governor said.
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State said on Tuesday that the state government had spent N15 billion in upgrading dilapidated schools it inherited on assumption of office one year ago.
Mr. Dickson, who spoke at a ceremony to launch the distribution of free educational materials to pupils and students in Yenagoa, explained that the exercise was done in two phases.
He said 200 schools received a facelift with remodelled buildings, Information Communication Technology facilities, library and laboratories in the first phase at a cost of N7 billion.
He said the government was compelled to commit additional N8 billion in massive construction of school buildings across the state to complement existing ones.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor launched the distribution of educational materials to public primary and secondary schools by presenting school uniforms, bags, shoes, textbooks and exercise books to selected pupils.
The governor said that the state declared a state of emergency on education on assumption of office and was poised to make it totally free.
He said the government had paid the examination fees of Senior School Certificate Examination and Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examination candidates in the state.
He also said the government had outlawed all forms of sundry fees in public schools in Bayelsa.
He announced the award of N500 million contract for additional supply of textbooks for secondary schools.
The state Commissioner for Education, Salo Adikumo, said the government bought 100,000 pairs of school uniforms, 1,860,000 textbooks, 512,000 notebooks and 980 school bags for distribution.
He said the other items were 101,600 pairs of socks and 483,000 pairs of school shoes for distribution to school children.
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