UBEC, Japan to build 30 classrooms in Oyo State

The Universal Basic Education Commission has finalised agreements with the Japanese Government to build classrooms worth $8.5m in the state.

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The Universal Basic Education Commission on Tuesday signed an agreement with the Japanese Government for the construction of 30 primary schools in Oyo state in a deal valued at $8.5m.

The project falls under a special scheme of the Japanese Government called Japan’s Grant Aid for Community Empowerment 2014 and is undertaken by the Japan International Cooperation System.

Mr. KazunoriOgaguchi, the Project Manager of JICS, during the bid opening for the project at the UBEC headquarters in Abuja, stated that over 325 classrooms were expected to be delivered to the state when the project is completed.

According to the JICS Project Manager, a similar project which had been constructed earlier in Kano State with 490 classrooms, is also part of the Japanese Governments’ assistance to the Federal Government to help boost access to basic education.

Two major companies namely Best and Crompton Engineering Ltd and Ciroco Nig. Ltd were present at the bid and presented their tenders for evaluation by a special committee.

Mr. Ogaguchi said that the provisions for the project included safety and maintenance components during and after the project has been completed.

He said, “Our budget for the construction of these classrooms is $8.5m and it’s for a period of 12 months. We have undertaken a similar project in Kano State and Oyo State is the next phase we are going with such projects. The whole essence is to create accessibility to basic education through these projects and after construction, we will provide safety components such as training and maintenance for the buildings.”

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