by Tunde Ogunmola
The Lagos State House of Assembly has tasked corporate organizations on the need to help develop public schools in the state just as a lawmaker in the Assembly, Hon. Olanrewaju Ogunyemi donated a sum of N300,000 to the Lagos State Model College, Badore, Ajah.
Ogunyemi, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Education, made the donation on behalf of his daughter, Dr. Olubukola Ogunyemi, who was a student of the school, during an unscheduled visit to the school by the committee as the new session began on Monday.
The lawmaker, who is representing Ojo Constituency 2 in the Assembly, however used the opportunity to call on private organizations in the state to support the government on education.
“Look at what we have done on Security Trust Fund in Lagos State, why can’t we have Education Endowment Trust Fund.
“I have always said that personnel is very important in developing a nation and the kind of people you churn out would determine what your development would be like.
“I would keep telling them that the people we churn out from our public schools would still be part of most corporate organizations. GT Bank, Daystar Church and some individuals such as Chief Adebutu Kensington and Mrs. Alakija have been supporting the state government on education.
“We are calling on more corporate organizations and individuals to support the government on education, and look into our riverine areas to support education there,” he said.
In an interview, Ogunyemi added that it was important to address the issue of furniture in public schools and that it was discovered during the visit that more furniture were still needed in the model college in Badore.
According to him, the supply of furniture to schools is ongoing and “we saw that many schools got new furniture during the holidays. I think it is an ongoing process and we told Badore that they would get more.”
He revealed that he was moved to donate the sum after going round the hostels, and seeing some falling ceilings.
He said: “the Principal of the Junior School and a teacher in the Senior School said that with N150,000 each they would fix the ceilings. So, I decided to donate N300,000 to both schools on behalf of my daughter, Dr. Olubukola Ogunyemi, who also attended the school for her secondary education.”