Additionally, he said the state has not been able to access the UBEC fund also because the contracts awarded since 2013 have not been completed.
He said, “We are trying to meet up with the plan, because what is delaying us in that fund is that contracts that were awarded in 2013 need to be concluded and certified before we have full access to the fund.
“Hopefully, this year we will commence accessing the funds to improve our public schools.”
The governor said that with the fund, the future of education in the state was bright, adding, “We want to restore education in Kwara back to number one in Northern Nigeria.”
He added, “Like they say, the journey of a thousand miles start with one step, so we are starting the first step with 31 schools. All our major schools are in deplorable condition, which is nothing to write home about.
“From 2013, nothing much has been done, you only need to go to our schools; basic thing like walls, water and sanitation is not there, leaking roof all over.
“The number of students per classroom, some classrooms in Ilorin that I went to had about 100 students in the class, how can students learn in that condition?
“For the students to pick up, they have to cheat, that is why we have the WAEC issue which we are putting behind us very quickly.”
The governor, who said people were talking of free education, declared that the money to be used for free education is not what was being used to rebuild the schools from scratch.