Governor of Lagos State Akinwunmi Ambode has directed contractors working on the ongoing construction of new model colleges across the state to speed up work on the projects.
Ambode, represented by his deputy, Idiat Oluranti Adebule, in the company of other officials of the state government, was on an inspection tour of the three new model colleges in Angus Memorial High School, Shomolu; Lagos City Senior College, Yaba, and Awori Senior College, Ojo, on Tuesday.
The state executive council in 2016 approved the sum of N10 billion for the rehabilitation of existing schools as well as the construction of eight new ones, including three model colleges to boost learning experience of students in the state.
Adebule told the contractors working on the projects to speed up work and ensure that the projects are delivered on schedule.
The deputy governor, who expressed disappointment at the slow pace of work on the new Model College in Awori, ordered the contractor to work round the clock to meet up with the delivery time.
“I must say I am not particularly happy with the pace of work (in Awori). We have been to other two project sites approved alongside this project and work has progressed pretty well in those places.
“The essence of our going round today is to see the level of work in the sites without relying solely on the reports on paper and obviously, we can see what they have done so far.
“I will be back again in the next one month to assess progress of work. I hope the contractor at Awori will improve on the pace of work because they have been mobilized. Having been mobilised, they should do what is expected of them,” she said.
Adebule, who also commissioned the ultra modern Herbert Macaulay Library in Yaba, on behalf of the governor, said the facility would go a long way to improve the reading culture in the State.
She thanked GTBank for partnering the state to remodel the facility, and urged other corporate organisations to take a cue and invest in the educational sector.
“On behalf of Governor Ambode, I want to thank GTB for adopting the library and for the transformation work you have done. In the Ministry of Education, we appreciate the work the bank is doing particularly with the Principal Cup and today, we are here to commission the library.
“For us in the state, we believe strongly that by doing this, we are returning this library back to the general public,” she said.
Segun Agbaje, managing director of GTBank, said the decision to partner with the state government to remodel the library under the Adopt-A-Library Initiative was to contribute its quota to enhance the educational sector.
He expressed optimism that with the facilities embedded in the library, residents of the State can gain access to a wide range of educational and historical materials to enhance their reading knowledge.
Among the features of the library include a room dedicated to historical artefacts-including some relating to the life and times of Herbert Macaulay, an innovation hub that will serve as a Coding Centre, a lounge/café area, a reading area with updated books and an e-library section, wheelchair accessible ramps and a finished courtyard area, among others.