Mr. Kazunori Ogaguchi, Japan’s Grant Aid 2014 project supervisor recently revealed plans to construct 30 primary schools in Oyo state, Nigeria at a cost of 8.5million US dollars.
He made this announcement at the tender opening ceremony of the project in Abuja. This project is between the Japan International Cooperation System (JICS) and the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) which represents the Nigerian government.
According to him, the contract is to last for a year with a total of 225 classrooms in all the schools. Japan’s Grant Aid has so far executed various projects in Kano; Kaduna, Plateau and Niger states since 2004 when they came to the country.
This project aims at enhancing access to education for Nigerian pupils, and providing educational soft components to Nigerian schools. Under this programme, 490 classrooms have been constructed in Kano state by the JICS. This was made known by UBEC’s project coordinator, Alhaji Iro Umar.
He also pointed out that the major challenge of educational sector in Nigeria is the lack of adequate school structures. “Thirteen million Nigerian children are out of school. This kind of assistance will complement the efforts of the FG in addressing the situation. Between 2004 and 2008, JICS has constructed many classrooms in Kano, Kaduna, Plateau and Niger states,” he said.