Oyo denies converting school to shopping mall

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state

He said the pulling down of  some structures in the school was to pave way for the construction of other structures…

The Oyo State Government has denied reports that one of the public secondary schools in Ibadan has been pulled down and converted to a shopping mall.

The Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Ayoola Agboola, was reported to have accused the state government of planning to convert Oba Akinbiyi High School in Mokola to a shopping mall.

But the state Commissioner for Education, Solomon Olaniyonu, said in a statement in Ibadan that the institution was one of the six earmarked for conversion to model schools.

He said the pulling down of some structures in the school was to pave way for the construction of other structures that would make it a model institution with modern facilities that would enhance teaching and learning.

“Oba Akinbiyi High School, Mokola, is one of the six schools that are being converted to model schools.

“The pulling down of the structure is to pave way for the school to be rebuilt as a modern model school with 24 classrooms and all other modern facilities,’’ he said.

He added that on completion, the school would have facilities such as clinics, administrative block and laboratories for science subjects.

“Indeed, we want to ensure that the integrated science and the workshop for the newly-introduced entrepreneurial subjects are well-furnished to ensure their usability and the enhancement of thorough training for students,’’ he said.
Mr. Olaniyonu said that the contractors handling the project had already been mobilised, adding that the pulling down of the structures indicated the commencement of work.

He said that work had also commenced on the remaining five schools scheduled for conversion to model schools.

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