Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, Kwara State governor, has apologised to pupils of School for Special Needs in Ilorin over the poor condition of the school.
Rafiu Ajakaye, the governor’s media aide, in a statement, on Saturday in Ilorin, said Abdulrazaq gave the apology when he visited the school.
The governor, who expressed displeasure at the school’s poor facilities, said: “Now that I have seen things for myself, I know the depth of the problem we have in this sector and we will be responsible in allocating scarce resources.
“We will come back here to ensure that basic standards are met. The truth is that basic needs are not met and it is a shame.
“As a government, we want to apologise for living in this kind of condition and we will make sure that minimum standards are met,” the governor said.
Abdulrazaq directed the Permanent Secretary, Kwara State Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Mariam Garuba, to urgently submit a recommendation to the government on what the school needs to give the children a good head start in life.
He also commended the school’s pupils and teachers for their resilience and commitment.
Also speaking, Aroyehun Faoziyah, the principal, said the school lacked basic amenities, including modern infrastructure, including classrooms to take care of the children.
She said the school’s clinic also needed essential drugs to treat the pupils when they fell ill.