Edo PDP: Where are the N1.5Bn Furniture Oshiomhole Paid for Public Schools?





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“Go round the secondary schools, you will see that the students don’t have chairs, desks and teachers. Even the schools that were renovated don’t have the necessary facilities to deliver content. Government should reduce expenses on frivolous travellings and entertainment of guests and concentrate on the business of governance.”
-Orbih
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State has challenged the state government to make public the findings of a panel that looked into the award of contract for supply of school desks to secondary schools in the state few years ago.

State chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih, stated this in Benin on Monday when he donated notebooks and textbooks worth millions of naira to students of Ihongbe College, Benin City.

Orbih, who was conferred with the Nigeria Academic and Authors Award (NAAA) award in March by the association, had on the occasion promised to regularly support the NAAA in providing students in Edo public schools with relevant exercise books and textbooks.

Lamenting the dearth of infrastructures in public schools in the state, he said a contract for the supply of 75,000 school desks was awarded to ITEX Furniture Company by the Governor Adams Oshiomhole administration at a contract sum of about N1.5 billion during the time of Prof Ngozi Osarenren as Commissioner for Education but that the desks have not been sighted in any school since then.

“One is forced to ask  what happened to that contract? Why are the desks not in the schools? I understand a panel was set up to find out if the contractor actually supplied the materials or not. In the interest of the Edo people, government should make public the panel’s report on that contract.

“Government should put politics aside and address the problem facing the education sector in Edo State.
Go round the secondary schools, you will see that the students don’t have chairs, desks and teachers.

“Even the schools that were renovated don’t have the necessary facilities to deliver content. Government should reduce expenses on frivolous travellings and entertainment of guests and concentrate on the business of governance,” Orbih said.

In her remark, Principal of Ihongbe Junior Secondary School, Mrs Helen Oronsaye,  praised the philanthropic gesture of Chief Orbih,  pointing out that many students in the school were from poor families and could not afford to buy notebooks and textbooks on their own.

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