Gov Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Tuesday expressed displeasure at the slow pace of work by contractors on three new model school buildings in Somolu, Yaba and Ojo areas of the state.
The new structures are being put up at Angus Memorial High School, Somolu, Lagos City College, Sabo Yaba and Awori College, Ojo.
Ambode, represented by his Deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, said during an inspection of the schools that the contractors needed to speed up work at the sites.
The governor was particularly unhappy with the level of work at Oto-Awori in Ojo, as work had not started at the site.
He said that the contractors had gone against the agreement of delivering the project by the end of the year.
At Yaba and Somolu where work had started, the governor said that more needed to be done to complete the project as stipulated.
Ambode said that the project was a practical demonstration of the premium his administration placed on education as a pillar upon which would support the continued and future prosperity of the state.
“In 2016, we approved N10 billion for the rehabilitation and construction of schools.
“Our objective is to put in place a sound education system that will stand the test of the 21st century as the new model schools would compare favourably with high school structures in leading countries of the world.
“But it is sad to note that with the entire government mobilisation and what we are seeing now, this project will not be delivered by the end of this year.
“To show that government is really interested in its investment on these schools, we have come to see things for ourselves, to know what is delaying the work and to urge the contractors to speed up work,” he said.
Ambode said the government would, on its part, provide all the necessary finance and support to see that the projects are delivered in good time.
Earlier, the contractors blamed the delay on the rainy season and soil-test issues.
The foundation laying of the new model school buildings took place simultaneously on Feb. 2.
Ambode, at the event, promised that the projects would be delivered by the end of the year.
He said at Awori College that the new structure was capable of enhancing security of students, staff and schools materials in the face of the recent security breaches in schools.
According to him, the structure in the school would comprise 36 classrooms, library, staff rooms, multipurpose hall, laboratories, principal/Vice Principal’s offices and modern toilet facilities for both junior and senior schools.