The Federal Government has disclosed that it will soon begin the construction of 17 additional smart schools in states that have not benefited from the intervention.
The Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, made this known on Wednesday, 26th of May, 2021 at a press conference in Abuja to celebrate the 2021 International Children’s Day.
Dr. Hamid Bobboyi made a breakdown of the cost of constructing the schools and revealed that each of the six smart schools located in the six geopolitical zones was constructed with approximately N600m while N350m each would be spent on constructing model smart schools in each state of the federation.
The UBEC boss also noted that although 20 of the smart schools were already completed, construction work on the remaining 17 would begin in the next month.
“So far, we have 20. Our hope is that in the next one month, we will ensure that the remaining states that do not have the model schools have them; the construction will start very soon,” he said.
He also noted that the idea about the construction of the smart schools was to make sure that children in the country competed effectively in the 21st century while pointing out the fact that in many parts of the world, e-learning had become an integral part of the school system and Nigeria could not afford to be left behind.