Performing the commissioning and handing over ceremonies on behalf of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Friday, Executive Chairman of the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board, Venerable Fyneface Akah said that the contracts were delivered on schedule and in line with specifications.
The three basic schools commissioned and handed over are: Government Girls Secondary School, Ahoada West Local Government Area , Community Secondary School Abuloma, Port Harcourt City Local Government Area and State School ILeLema in Asari-Toru Local Government Area.
The representative of the Rivers State Governor said that the reconstruction and renovation of 175 basic schools flagged off by Governor Wike have reached 90 percent completion stage across the state.
He noted that the remaining 10 percent of schools are those where work started behind schedule, pointing out that most of them will be delivered in two weeks.
He said: “We are glad to report that they have been up and about their job. They have kept to specifications and adhered to the time-table . As children return to school, they will not be locked out.
“I am very happy that the children are very pleased. They have found a better environment and properly furnished classrooms”.
The Representative of Governor Wike stated that across the state, parents are happy that the governor remembered schools in rural areas.
“We are harnessing resources that we have in Rivers State, applying them as a strategy for empowerment. RSG is committed to encouraging indigenous companies that we have in the state, rather than go to Dubai or China to import furniture. They are employing indigenes of Rivers State and they are empowering the people,” he said.
The commissioning and handing over ceremonies were greeted with celebration as community leaders and teachers hailed Governor Wike for his commitment to education.
Community Secretary of IleLema in Asari-Toru , Mr Marshal Horsfall said the reconstruction of State School in IleLema shows that the area has been recognised by the Rivers State Government.
Mrs Ayuogbokor Aina David, Principal of the Government Girls Secondary School, Ahoada said that the staff and students will forever cherish the reconstructed and furnished school .
Mrs Samuel Awoba of Community Secondary School, Abuluoma and Chief Chinemere Like, Chairman, Ahoada Council of Chiefs commended the governor for including their respective communities in the reconstruction of schools.
It will be recalled that Governor Wike flagged off the reconstruction of 175 basic schools in Port Harcourt on July 20, 2017.
During the flag off, he said: ”
“The funds for the reconstruction and furnishing of these schools have been set aside. Therefore, funding will not be an issue. I direct that payment should be done by milestone. The contractors should be paid based on the work they do. There should be nothing like variation”
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media.
29th September, 2017.