In 2015, 2016 and 2017, over 5.9 billion Naira was budgeted for constituency projects in Osun state, most of which include construction of new blocks of classrooms, toilets, ICT centres, renovation and furnishing of schools and the supply of computers and electronic gadgets.
However, a visit to the state in December 2018, revealed that while few of the projects were not carried out, some were abandoned and several were poorly constructed.
Most of these projects which were implemented by the Universal Basic Education Commission are meant to give the conducive environment for learning to students after huge money must have been expended on them, but the reverse has been the case in most of the schools visited.
“It is difficult for us studying here. When we buy new school uniforms, nails from the rickety chairs get them torn. When teachers write on the board, it is difficult to see what is written.” Azeez Semiu, a student of Ilobu Grammar school lamented the deplorable state of his secondary school facility.
Pointing at the uncompleted building project opposite the dilapidating structure, that houses his classroom, young Semiu, with a feeling of hope, muttered to the reporter; “We’ll be happy if the abandoned project is completed because we are tired of staying under heat, emanating from bad roofing and asbestos.”
The reporter who arrived after the school’s closing hours observed that in Semiu’s classroom, just like other classrooms, the furniture is old and rickety, broken asbestos all over and the roofing are not in good shape.
At Ilobu Grammar school in Irepodun local government area of Osun state, the project of a 32 classrooms block was allocated the sum of 200,000,000 in 2016 as a constituency project nominated by lawmaker representing Irepodun/ Olorunda/ Osogbo/ Orolu federal constituency of Osun state, Lasun Yusuf, under the supervision of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) but there was nothing to indicate such at the site.
A few uncompleted ones were nominated by Mr. Lasun from a site engineer, who currently handles a similar project of 2016 at Ansarudeen High School, Erin-Osun, where the building is yet to be roofed but work is still ongoing.
The team discovered at the site that some projects with the same budgetary allocation and specifications nominated by the lawmaker in Ifon-Osun of Orolu LG, Erin Osun of Irepodun and Osogbo, supervised by Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA), have been abandoned after the roofing sheets were laid.