Akwa Ibom State Government has faulted media reports that infrastructures in most schools in Akwa Ibom were in deplorable conditions, declaring that only less than 10 percent of the schools remained in bad condition.
It had also reiterated its commitment to ensuring qualitative education at all levels in the state, particularly the continued upgrade of infrastructure and facilities in public schools.
A statement from state Information Commissioner, Mr. Aniekan Umana made available to Nigerian Pilot yesterday maintained that more than 90 percent of schools in the area remained in good condition, adding that the picture published on the front page of a national daily of Tuesday, October 6, 2015, is not a true reflection of the general situation in Akwa Ibom State.
“The free education policy of the State Government is one of the best articulated in the country, and government should not be blackmailed by a skewed presentation of facilities’ challenge in a few outstanding public schools.
“The intervention of the state government in public schools is a continuous exercise and more than 90 percent of public primary and secondary schools in Akwa Ibom are in top conditions.
While decrying the spate of conspiracy and blackmail against the state government on the state of educational infrastructure, Umanah disclosed that about 2,500 blocks of classrooms have so far been constructed and rehabilitated in about 1,162 primary schools and 244 secondary and technical schools across the state in the past eight years.
“The intervention of the state government in public schools also include perimeter fencing of schools in high traffic areas, provision of laboratory equipment, school desks, workshops and supply of teaching aids and materials,” he explained.
Observing that though primary schools are direct responsibilities of the federal government through the Universal Basic Education, he assured that the state government will promptly address the situation in any identified schools, in line with the infrastructure consolidation programme of the Governor Udom Emmanuel administration.
The commissioner added that the governor had already directed the Inter Ministerial Direct Labour Committee to take inventory of schools in need of rehabilitation and provision of facilities, with a view to tackling them in the next phase of interventions.

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