The Bayelsa State Government has provided three hectares of land at Swali area of Yenagoa, the state capital for a smart school to be constructed by the federal government under the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).
The Commissioner for Education, Hon. Emelah Gentle, disclosed this when he received a delegation from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), who visited the state ahead of the construction of the smart school.
Receiving the team, led by the National Consultant UBEC, Prof. Masud Abdulkareem, the Commissioner welcomed them to the state and appreciated the Executive Secretary of the agency for the laudable initiative, pointing out that the state government is very excited about the project.
Hon. Emelah alongside his Lands, Housing & Urban Development counterpart, Barr. Esau Andrew, the Executive Secretary State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Chief Victor Okubonanabo, the Surveyor General of the state, Surv. Gede Moses and other top officials of the government later took the UBEC delegation to the proposed site.
Speaking to journalists after the inspection, the leader of the delegation, Prof. Masud Abdulkareem, expressed satisfaction at what is on ground, describing the site as ideal for the school as it borders another UBEC project.
He assured Bayelsans that the project will be completed within 14 months as equipping of the facility will be done by a Chinese Tech Giant, HUAWEI who will donate all the ICT materials needed to equip the school.
Abdulkareem said the school will be a game changer in education and that when completed, it will have state-of-the-art features such as smart classrooms, IT-based school Management and Administration, Science, Innovative and Technology Laboratories, Computers and iPads, Tablets and interactive screens and White Boards.
The project will be handed over to the Bayelsa State Government upon completion and shall remain the exclusive property of the Bayelsa State Government with UBEC providing the neccesary support to sustain the prescribed standard of the model school.